The refusal of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to take part in court proceedings on charges of abuse of power being the head of the UESU corporation through videoconference can be viewed as a reluctance to appear before the court, prosecutor in the case Maryna Kapinos said.

"Once again I emphasize that we will not start the trial in the absence of the accused Tymoshenko. Under the effective legislation, the start of hearing the case requires the presence of the accused person. There is another option, which we have proposed to the court - to conduct videoconference," the prosecutor said.

According to her, holding a videoconference is possible only with the written consent of the defendant.

"If she does not want to use this opportunity, sooner or later she must appear in court," Kapinos added.

According to prosecutors, from a procedural point of view, the proposed option of the videoconference is very reasonable, as "first, it allows not to delay the trial, and second, to satisfy the desire of the defendant Tymoshenko not to appear before court."

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