Two years since Tymoshenko in detention

5 August 2013 11:55

Monday, August 5, marks two years since former Prime Minister of Ukraine, leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko was put in detention, reports Interfax Ukraine.

Tymoshenko was arrested during her trial dealing with the conclusion of a 2009 gas supply contract with Russia on August 5, 2011.

On October 11, 2011, the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for exceeding her authority when signing gas supply contracts with Russia in 2009. She has been serving her sentence at the Kachanivska correctional facility in Kharkiv since late December 2011.

Meanwhile, a court in Kharkiv is considering another criminal case against the ex-premier on the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation.

Today, on August 5, actions to support Tymoshenko will take place in Kyiv and Kharkiv, informs press service of Batkivschyna Party. Flash mob and an exhibition dedicated to Tymoshenko will take place.

Alexander Turchinov-head of the central office of Batkivschyna plans to give a press briefing.

Some European politician and parties believe Tymoshenko's trial and conviction to be politically motivated. Brussels has named the release of the Ukrainian ex-premier as a condition for signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Meanwhile, Tymoshenko has repeatedly said that the fate of the country cannot depend on the fate of one person.