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Daughter defends Ukraine's jailed Tymoshenko


The daughter of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko has criticised a set of new criminal charges brought against her jailed mother, saying the same charges were dismissed by the Ukrainian Supreme Court six years ago, a time when she was an opposition politician.

Yulia Tymoshenko is serving a seven year sentence and was fined $187m last year when a judge ruled the ex-prime minister had criminally exceeded her powers when she signed a gas deal with Russia in 2009.

The US and EU leaders have called for her release, saying the trial was politically motivated.

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