Ukraine's former PM Yulia ends hunger strike

Ukraine's former PM Yulia ends hunger strike

Jailed Ukranian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has ended her 20-day hunger strike on Wednesday after being transferred from prison to a hospital, a doctor treating her said.

“She has halted her hunger strike. We are now building up towards a normal nutrition regime,” Lutz Harms told reporters in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

According to her daughter Yevgenia, Tymoshenko lost 10 kg since her hunger strike, which she began after alleging that her guards handled her roughly whilst in prison.

The authorities moved Tymoshenko from prison to hospital in a bid to defuse a growing diplomatic crisis over her treatment that threatens to overshadow the Euro 2012 football tournament opening next month.

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