EURO 2012

Tymoshenko’s daughter to France: help my mum

The daughter of Ukraine's jailed and ailing ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday urged France to keep up pressure on Ukrainian authorities for her release.

Tymoshenko's daughter to France: help my mum
Harald Dettenborn

Speaking in Paris a few hours before France was to face Ukraine in a Euro 2012 football match, Yevgenia Tymoshenko said her 51-year-old mother’s health was not improving after she was treated for a bad back, claimed to have been beaten by guards and undertook a hunger strike.

“I call for pressure to continue on the Ukrainian government,” she told AFP as she was hosted by a local mayor’s office, saying she had seen her mother the week before in her prison in Kharkiv.

“She is under constant surveillance, under psychological pressure. She still isn’t walking. She can’t even go as far as the window,” Yevgenia Tymoshenko, 32, said.

“They won’t even let her use the phone. God knows what could happen to her,” she added said. 

“Today is a symbolic day. Ukraine is playing against France. I want to thank all those here who support my mother.”

Tymoshenko, a driving force of Ukraine’s 2004 pro-Western “Orange Revolution”, served as prime minister in 2005 and again from 2007 to 2010, when she lost a presidential race to current leader Viktor Yanukovych.

She is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power and faces fresh charges that could extend her sentence to 2023.

Her jailing prompted howls of international criticism and the Tymoshenko affair has deeply strained ties between Kiev and the West, which has called for her release.

Her daughter has campaigned in Europe for her release and met officials in Germany last week.

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Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have met the Ukrainian president in Kyiv, after the trio travelled overnight by train from Poland.

Macron, Scholz and Draghi meet Ukrainian president in Kyiv

The three leaders left in the early hours of Thursday, arriving into Kyiv on Thursday morning. After a visit to the heavily-bombed town of Irpin, they met Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is the first time that the leaders of the three European Union countries have visited Kyiv since Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine, and the visit comes as Kyiv is pushing for membership of the EU.

Macron has been paying a two-day visit to Romania and Moldova to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

There had been widespread speculation in France that he would combine the trip with a visit to Zelensky in Ukraine, but this was not confirmed until Thursday morning.

In a joint press conference with Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, Macron reiterated his desire that Ukraine should win the war, but added that eventually negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will be necessary.