The cellmate hospitalized in the same ward as former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko at Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, has been discharged from the hospital and transported to a place unknown, the ex-premier's defense lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko has said.
“This morning they transported the cellmate of Yulia Volodymyrivna to
an unknown destination, they did not take her to the Kachanivska prison
and we don’t know where she is now. They took her things and took her
away within half an hour,” Vlasenko told journalists near the hospital
The lawyer thinks that this fact confirms that the information
received from sources in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the
Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) was trustworthy and that
its is planned to remove Tymoshenko from the hospital by force to make
her attend a court hearing of the criminal case on the activities of the
United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation on August 14.
Vlasenko also said that Tymoshenko sent letters to Head of the
Kachanivska Penal Colony Ivan Pervushkin and Prosecutor General of
Ukraine Viktor Pshonka and asked them to confirm or reject reports of
the alleged intention to transport her from the hospital “using rough
If Pervushkin or Pshonka confirm the information, Tymoshenko also
asked them to specify exactly when, and to where to they are planning to
The ex-premier also demanded explanations about why the
recommendations of German doctors are not being carried out. As
reported, the German doctors in charge of her treatment recommended that
the ex-premier not be subject to artificially stressful situations.
Earlier, the press service of the State Penitentiary Service of
Ukraine informed that a convict from the Kachanivska prison was
discharged from Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv on Tuesday
after she received effective medical treatment.
On August 6, Vlasenko said that the ex-premier would be transferred
from the Kharkiv hospital to the Kachanivska prison this weekend.
The hospital’s chief doctor Mykhailo Afanasyev said that Tymoshenko was not due to be discharged any time soon.