Ukraine’s Former P.M. To End Hunger Strike

Yulia Tymoshenko, the prime minister of Ukraine in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010, will end her 19-day hunger strike. Tymoshenko began the protest after alleging that guards in the prison where she is being held beat her when they transferred her to a hospital to deal with her back pain. After losing about 22 pounds, she will now be treated by a German doctor. The Ukraine, which had to postpone a European summit after other countries boycotted it, caved under international pressure. Tymoshenko, a main rival of current president Viktor Yanukovych, was sentenced to seven years in jail in October for being accused of abusing her power while prime minister, a conviction that the U.S. and other Western nations said was politically motivated.