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Ukraine ex-PM Julia Tymoshenko jailed for seven years

Former Ukraine leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been jailed for seven years.

A judge ruled the ex-prime minister had criminally exceeded her powers when she signed a gas deal with Russia in 2009.

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

The BBC's David Stern in Kiev said that both the EU and Russia had voiced criticism following the verdict.

  • 11 Oct 2011
  • From the section Europe