The state of Yuliya Tymoshenko's health and her mistreatment last week by prison officials has unleashed a whirlwind of negative publicity for the Ukrainian government, as pictures released today seem to confirm bruising to her arm and stomach which, medical experts say, could have been caused only by a blow from a hard object - such as a fist. Three days ago, the Kharkiv Prosecutor's office confirmed that Ms Tymoshenko had been taken to hospital by force.

The Kyiv Post reports that, following a visit to Ms Tymoshenko, Nina Karpachova, the Ukrainian Parliament's Commissioner for Human Rights also confirmed the bruising and will present the evidence at a press conference of EU ambassadors. Ms Karpachova has already asked the Prosecutor's office to investigate Ms Tymoshenko's ill-treatment and has, throughout, acted absolutely in the interests of Ms Tymoshenko's human rights.

The European Commission has not yet received a response to a request for permission for an independent medical specialist and the EU ambassador to Ukraine to visit Ms Tymoshenko. The Head of the European Union's Delegation to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira said, at a meeting with journalists on 26 April,

"We see that the authorities ignore our concerns, we see the deterioration of the situation and understand that without addressing this issue (of application of justice for political purposes) it will be difficult to resume the process of rapprochement proposed by Ukraine after the Orange Revolution".
At a meeting yesterday with First Vice Premier of Ukraine, Valeriy Khoroshkovsky, European Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, expressed the EU's concerns about Ms Tymoshenko's treatment and said the circumstances of the transfer to hospital needed to be clarified immediately. Mr Fule's press service said that Fule also reminded Khoroshkovsky that it was crucial for Ukraine to demonstrate a solid commitment to the rule of law and democratic values in order to facilitate further steps towards the signature and ratification of the Association Agreement.

"He underlined that Ukraine should make every effort to dispel concerns about politically motivated trials and the selective use of justice as part of a broader judiciary reform. In this context, he also stressed the need for Ukraine to respect fully the legal and human rights of defendants and detainees, including their medical care," the press service said.

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Deutsche Welle reported that German President, Joachim Gauck, has cancelled a planned visit to Ukraine for a Central European summit next month amid concerns over the treatment of ailing jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, but the President's press office has said that they have known for some time that the German President would not be able to attend.
Yuriy Onyshkiv of the Kyiv Post has written, rather despairingly,
"The freak show that is Ukrainian politics shows no sign of ending. Wherever the truth lies, the scandals are damaging the nation's hopes for internatioal respect."
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