Ukrainian authorities say an investigation into tax evasion allegations against jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been completed and papers have been sent to a Kharkiv court for a trial.
Kharkiv regional governor Hennadiy Tyurin said on March 29 that the new charges are related to Tymoshenko's activity as head of an energy company during the mid-1990s.
Ukrainian prosecutors said earlier the trial would start within weeks.
Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office.
Her supporters say the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove Tymoshenko, a prominent opposition figure, from politics.
With reporting by Interfax and rbc.ua