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Tymoshenko Unable To Attend Appeals Court Hearing

A supporter of Yulia Tymoshenko holds her portrait during a rally in front of the Kyiv prison where she is incarcerated on November 27.
Yulia Tymoshenko's appeals hearing opened today in Kyiv, but the former Ukrainian prime minister was not able to attend due to health problems.

The Kyiv Court of Appeals is considering Tymoshenko's request to overturn her conviction on charges of abuse of office when she was prime minister.

Oleksandr Turchinov, the deputy leader of Tymoshenko's Batkivshchina party, told journalists outside the court that Tymoshenko's health "has deteriorated significantly."

Tymoshenko's lawyers say she is suffering from severe back pain and is unable to walk.

Supporters say she is being denied proper medical treatment in prison.

compiled from agency reports