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The European Union says the convictions of Yuri Lutsenko, 48, and of Tymoshenko, in whose government he served, smack of selective justice and political vengeance. Both politicians are opponents of President Viktor Yanukovich.

Brussels has told Ukraine it needs to address the issue of politically motivated trials if it hopes to clinch landmark agreements on political association and free trade this year.

But on Wednesday, Ukraine’s High Court for civil and criminal cases largely dismissed Lutsenko’s appeal against his conviction for embezzlement and abuse of office and his four-year prison sentence.

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