On the same day that Ms Tymoshenko’s trial on new charges was again deferred, opposition leaders came to ask the jailed former Prime Minister and opposition leader to stop the hunger strike she declared in protest at election fraud
The former Interior Minister and opposition leader, Yury Lutsenko demands that he be examined in a specialized hospital with the relevant specialists. The State Penitentiary Service is claiming there is no need for this, and that his state of health is “satisfactory”/
The Chernihiv Regional District Administrative Court has rejected the appeal lodged by lawyers representing jailed former Interior Minister and opposition leader Yury Lutsenko. The appeal was over infringements of the requirements regarding visits and confidentiality.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe says that he has told Ukraine’s leaders that the fact that the elections are taking place without Tymoshenko will probably lead to further protest and that there is the danger that because of this the elections will not be viewed as fair and free
Yulia Tymoshenko has said she wishes to return to the prison colony because of what she asserts is constant video surveillance, This comes days after a new video which appears to show her doing physical exercises in a hospital room
In an interview for the Ukrainian Service of Polskie Radio, the new EU Ambassador to Ukraine, Jan Tombinski suggested that Kyiv may realize that dragging out the situation over Tymoshenko is making the country a prisoner, like the former Prime Minister
In an interview given to the newspaper by Mailis Reps, the Co-Rapporteur on Ukraine spoke of the politically motivated cases against members of the opposition, the yet to be kept commitment to resolve the situation given by President Yanukovych, concerns about the elections and more.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has issued a definition of political prisoner of immediate relevance to the Ukrainian government as well as those in some other former Soviet republics