Ukrainian doctors from international commission arrive at hospital to examine Tymoshenko due to her hunger strike
The Ukrainian doctors have arrived at Kharkiv-based central Clinical Hospital No. 5 to examine former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and give her new recommendations in connection with her hunger strike.
"On November 1, representatives of the international medical commission, including experts from the State Penitentiary Service, Central Clinical Hospital No. 5, and Kharkiv Regional Department of Health, arrived at Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital (Kharkiv) to examine the patient and give recommendations on the convict's further medical treatment under conditions of her refusal of food," reads a statement of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.
As reported, on October 29 Tymoshenko went on hunger strike in protest against the falsification of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
She also announced a hunger strike in April 2012, when a scandal emerged around alleged forced hospitalization of the ex-premier.
On October 30, Deputy Head of the State Penitentiary Service Department in Kharkiv region Andriy Lapinsky said that a procedure of force-feeding may be applied to Tymoshenko.
In turn, the ex-premier's defense lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, said that the force-feeding of Tymoshenko could be considered torture.
On October 11, 2011, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for overstepping her authority when signing the 2009 gas contracts with Russia. She has served her sentence in Kachanivska Penal Colony in Kharkiv since late December 2011.
She was transferred to a clinic on May 9 to undergo medical treatment and a rehabilitation course under the supervision of doctors from the German clinic, Charite.