Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko refuses food over jail attack

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The Independent Online

The jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has gone on hunger strike after prison guards allegedly beat her.

Ms Tymoshenko, who suffers from a severe spinal condition and needs treatment, was taken to a clinic last Friday in the eastern city of Kharkiv where her prison is located, but was moved back to jail a day later after refusing treatment.

Her lawyer said prison officials kicked her in the stomach while taking her to the hospital by force.