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Ukraine PM's daughter 'assaulted'

Yevhenia Tymoshenko and Sean Carr
Yevhenia Tymoshenko and Sean Carr met at a Red Sea resort

Authorities in Ukraine are investigating allegations that the daugher of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was assaulted by police.

The alleged incident took place last week at a Black Sea resort, where Yevhenia was staying with her husband.

Yevhenia and her partner, British musician Sean Carr, say they were beaten by police on a beach in Odessa.

Media reports had suggested the pair attacked the police first - but now the interior ministry denies that.

Ms Tymoshenko and her husband were reportedly with a group of biker friends and tried to enter a restricted area of the beach when the fight broke out.

Two policemen were detained as a result of the scuffle and a preliminary investigation is reported to blame them for using force without reason and exceeding their authority.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was a leading figure in the Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 and is tipped as a likely contender for the presidency in the future.





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