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German hospital: Tymoshenko progressing well

Friday - 3/14/2014, 10:56am  ET

BERLIN (AP) -- The German hospital treating Yulia Tymoshenko says the former Ukrainian prime minister is in significantly less pain after nearly a week of treatment for three slipped discs she suffered while imprisoned.

Berlin's Charite hospital said in a statement Friday that Tymoshenko is very satisfied with the outcome so far of what it called "conservative" treatment. It isn't yet clear whether the 53-year-old will require an operation; the hospital said a decision will be made in the coming days.

Tymoshenko was imprisoned on what Western governments considered politically motivated charges of corruption, and was freed last month after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine. She arrived in Berlin on March 7.

Tymoshenko holds no post in Ukraine's new government but is believed to wield behind-the-scenes influence.

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