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Mrs. Tymoshenko, 51, the country’s top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year jail sentence for abuse of office after a verdict condemned by the West as politically motivated. She has a spinal hernia and suffers from constant and intense pain, according to her daughter, Eugenia Tymoshenko.

German doctors have concluded after examining her that she urgently needs complex treatment, which should be conducted in a specialized facility, not in prison.

Penitentiary Service spokesman Ihor Andrushko said that Mrs. Tymoshenko has been offered medication, massages and other procedures for her condition to be administered inside the prison. He said she had refused the offer.

From wire dispatches and staff reports