Saturday 16 December 2017

Ukraine's revolutionary to stay locked up for poll

Ukraine's opposition leader will stay in jail despite calls for her release on the eve of elections, the country's prime minister has said.

Mykola Azarov said Yulia Tymoshenko (51), who is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of office, was fairly convicted.

He said: "Have you heard that anywhere in any European country, there were commands to set someone free? Probably not. And probably because it is impossible. Ukraine is the same."

Western critics of the Ukrainian government say the poll cannot be legitimate while the former leader of the 2004 Orange Revolution is behind bars. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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