The daughter of imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Ministerappealed to western power to save her mother's life ''before it is too late''
Yevgenia, 32 told the Frankfurter newspaper Sunday edition that the “destiny of my mother and my country are now one. If she dies, democracy dies too.”
Her mother has been on a hunger strike for 10 days now, in protest over what she says is her violent removal from her prison cell to a hospital. Her mother is only drinking water and is “very weak,” daughter Yevgenia told the newspaper.
Tymoshenko is serving seven year jail sentence for abuse of power while she was in office and another trial on tax evasion charges still waits her.
Meanwhile, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was outraged over Tymoshenko’s situation, he told the Frankfurter newpaper that “against all legal and moral responsibilities, the Ukrainian government has denied Tymoshenko adequate medical treatment, as a formal leader it is her to be given special preferances when her health is involve.
Guido said futher, ''The reports over the abuse of Yulia Tymoshenko have shocked me and Should they be true, there will be no turning back to business as usual with the Ukraine.'' he said.
And pormised that Germany will continue to monitor not only Tymoshenko’s situation but those of other political prisoners. While Germany wants the Ukraine to be closer to the European Union, that won’t happen until “believable steps toward the rule of law” are taken, Westerwelle said.