A lawyer for Ukraine's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday said he may sue a news agency over publication of a video alleging he had an affair with his defendant.

The three-minute-long black and white video, available on YouTube, features a woman resembling Tymoshenko who is soon joined by a man resembling her lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko. The woman begins kissing and cuddling with her visitor. The video has very low resolution; the features of the people could not be identified.

“I’ll study this video," Vlasenko told Kommersant-Ukraina daily. "Most likely, I will sue the news agency.”

Vlasenko categorically denied having an affair with Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko’s Batkivshina party on Tuesday called the video “fake and bogus”.

On Tuesday, Tymoshenko started a hunger strike after prison guards allegedly beat her. Vlasenko said prison officials had kicked the former prime minister in the stomach while taking her to the hospital by force.

The publication of the video aims to distract society from this recent incident, Vlasenko said, RIA Novosti reported.

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