Tymoshenko Stays Ukraine Halts Plan to Sign EU Trade Deal

Kiev has put a stop to negotiations on signing a landmark trade pact with the EU. The announcement came hours after the country's parliament rejected the release of imprisoned Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko so she can receive medical treatment abroad.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko during a June 2011 hearing in Kiev. She is currently serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko during a June 2011 hearing in Kiev. She is currently serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power.

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