KIEV, November 1 (Itar-Tass) — Ukrainian physicians recommend the political opposition leader, former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko who is currently taking a course of treatment at a hospital in the northeast city of Kharkov where she is serving a seven-year jail term, to stop a hunger strike, First Deputy Minister of Healthcare Raissa Moiseyenko said Thursday.
“We hope our German counterparts will visit Yulia Timoshenko soon and will give her appropriate recommendations, since she is turning down any assistance by Ukrainian physicians,” Moiseyenko said.
“We don’t know yet when the German team is expected to come here but we’ve already asked them to render assistance to Timoshenko if they find she really needs it,” she added.
Moiseyenko assessed Timoshenko’s bodily condition as satisfactory but said: “The physicians definitely recommend to her to take meals.”
Timoshenko called a hunger strike October 29 in protest of what she claims to be ‘the rigging of votes’ in the parliamentary election that Ukraine had last Sunday.
Her course of treatment at hospital is supervised by a team of a team of physicians from the Charite clinic in Berlin.
A week ago, Timoshenko asked the penitentiary authorities to take her back to the Kachanovsky jail where she is serving her term.