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In a shaky two-minute video filmed at the hospital where she is being held, the former prime minister said she was enduring “a hell”, created by Yanukovich, as she serves a seven-year sentence for abuse of office.

Banned from running in the Oct. 28 election due to her imprisonment, Tymoshenko’s video showed the 51-year-old’s determination to reach her supporters and rally her Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, demoralised by the loss of her leadership.

Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions and its allies are expected to retain a majority in the election, but they are closely trailed, according to some opinion polls, by a bloc that includes Tymoshenko’s party.

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