Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who follows the court proceedings against leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko, claims that the conditions of the trial organization are inhuman.

"I cannot give a political assessment of the case, but the condition in which the trial is taking place are simply inhuman,” said Mr Teixeira today to journalists during a break in the court hearing.

Today, before the beginning of the preliminary hearing in the case, Mr Teixeira said that he would follow the court proceedings in the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv. "This issue is very important for the European Union,” he said.

The diplomat noted that in 2009, EU member-states acted as intermediaries during the gas crisis between Ukraine and Russia which finally ended with the signing of the gas agreement.

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