Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has arrived in hospital in Kharkiv after her transfer from a nearby prison.
She was quietly admitted through a side door, and her daughter later said she will progressively begin to abandon her hunger strike, begun on April 20.
Tymoshenko has at least one slipped disc which causes her considerable pain. She has refused to be treated by Ukrainian doctors, saying she has no confidence in them.
Yesterday Ukraine was forced to postpone Friday’s central and eastern Europe heads of state summit at short notice after it became clear several would stay away in protest at Tymoshenko’s treatment.
She is serving a seven year sentence for abuse of power, with another trial pending for fraud. Both charges, she claims, are trumped-up political gambits to remove her from Ukrainian politics, and revenge for the Orange revolution that initially stopped President Yanukovic from taking power.