The former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
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Tymoshenko found guilty and sentenced to seven years

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been jailed for seven years.

A judge ruled she had criminally exceeded her powers when she signed a gas deal with Russia in 2009.

Mrs Tymoshenko said the charges against her were politically motivated. She vowed to appeal against her sentence and fight for Ukraine "till her last breath".

The US and the EU have condemned the charges as selective prosecution of political opponents.

The BBC's Emily Buchanan reports.

  • 11 Oct 2011