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Europe Upbraids Ukraine Over Tymoshenko

If you've been following the story of Ukraine's ailing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the international furor over her treatment in prison, then this cartoon by Yevhenia Oliynyk for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service won't need much explanation.

Tymoshenko's trademark blond braid, draped across Europe, is shown dividing Ukraine from the European Union.

Senior European officials have announced plans to boycott the Ukrainian portion of next month's Euro 2012 soccer championship over concerns about Tymoshenko's health and her alleged mistreatment in prison.

She has just ended a nearly three-week hunger strike.

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