Ukraine opposition leader Tymoshenko ends prison hunger strike: daughter

KIEV Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:24am EST

A woman holds a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko at European square in Kiev, November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A woman holds a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko at European square in Kiev, November 26, 2013.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has ended a hunger strike after 12 days, Interfax news agency quoted her daughter, Yevgenia, as telling reporters on Friday.

Former prime minister Tymoshenko, jailed in 2011 for abuse of office over a gas deal signed with Russia, had announced a hunger strike in support of opposition protests against the Ukrainian government's decision to spurn a landmark trade pact with the European Union.

"At the request of the square, she has ended the hunger strike," Yevgenia said, referring to the protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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