US joins Tymoshenko protests
THE US has joined condemnation of Ukraine's alleged maltreatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, after the jailed politician's daughter said she could die on hunger strike.
Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, said she was "deeply concerned" at Mrs Tymos-henko's treatment, adding that photographs showing bruises on the ex-prime minister "call into question the conditions of her confinement".
"We urge the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that Mrs Tymoshenko receives immediate medical assistance in an appropriate facility and request that the US ambassador be given access to her," Mrs Clinton said yesterday.
Five European nations will stay away from a conference in Ukraine next week in protest at Mrs Tymoshenko's treatment, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is thought to be considering boycotting the Euro 2012 football tournament next month.
Mrs Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years last October on abuse of office charges.
Yesterday her daughter, Yevgeniya Tymoshenko (32) said: "My mother has not been eating for 12 days.
"We are very worried about her health.
"They're not letting us see her, and we don't know what can happen to her.
"We're running out of time: I don't know how much longer my mother can be on hunger strike." (© Daily Telegraph, London)