Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is currently imprisoned for seven years for abuse of power during her term when she signed what was deemed harmful contract with a Russian gas supplier, refused on 19 April to attend a new trial amid health problems.

Tymoshenko asked the court to hold its preliminary hearing in her absence, citing long-lasting back pain as the reason. "Using my rights stipulated by the Ukrainian Criminal Code, I request that the preliminary heari...

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