Ukraine's Tymoshenko 'doing better' in back therapy

BERLIN - Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's chronic back pain has considerably improved after a week in treatment, announced Berlin's Charite hospital on Friday.

“The medical treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko has so far been successful," said the German hospital in a statement.

“With the injection therapy carried out last weekend, the patient's condition improved considerably.”

Tymoshenko arrived in Germany on March 7 for treatment at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

Tymoshenko’s doctors said a decision on a possible operation would to be taken in the coming days depending on whether improvements, due to last weekend’s injection therapy, last.

She was released from prison last month after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine.

The 53-year-old had already been examined by a team of doctors from Charite hospital while in prison.

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