Tymoshenko urges Ukraine to 'oust regime' in jail message
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko on Saturday urged Ukrainians to oust President Viktor Yanukovych's government in legislative elections next month, in a video message recorded in detention.
Tymoshenko's lawyers recorded the wobbly hand-held video at the hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv where she has for the last few months stayed for treatment on chronic back pains.
Looking feisty and energetic despite having spent over a year in detention, Tymoshenko directed the prepared message at the camera as security guards made half-hearted attempts to block the lens and halt the filming.
"I address everyone! If you do not understand that it is criminality and the mafia who are ruling Ukraine now then nothing will protect you afterwards," she said in the video which was posted by her party.
The ex-Orange Revolution leader urged Ukrainians "to rise up and overthrow this criminal government in the elections" on October 28. She also described her daily life as "hell", adding this was just what Yanukovych wanted.
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