From Mr Volodymyr Khandogiy.

Sir, Your article “Doctor confirms Tymoshenko is ill” (February 23), although it is a personal assessment of the situation by your correspondent Roman Olearchyk, needs to be followed with the necessary comments.

As far as Yulia Tymoshenko’s health is concerned I would like to emphasise that Ukrainian officials never “played down” this issue as suggested by Mr Olearchyk. Moreover, Ukraine has always been supportive in organising the joint International Medical Commission with the participation of Canadian and German specialists.

The Ukrainian authorities also agreed to use medical equipment brought by foreign specialists. The preliminary conclusions made by the foreign experts were very similar to those that had been earlier made by the Ukrainian doctors.

At time of writing, the final conclusions by the German doctors are still to come and their recommendations will be taken into account in the future treatment of Mrs Tymoshenko.

As regards the allegations that the authorities “prevented the collection of any specimens vital for analysis”, it is necessary to mention that Ms Tymoshenko herself on several occasions refused to undergo a clinical blood test.

On the other hand, the relevant authorities responded positively upon her request for an additional examination made on February 22. On the following day such an examination, namely X-ray, CT and MRI scans, were performed in one of the Kharkiv regional hospitals.

I am confident that this information gives a broader perspective of a situation with regard to Mrs Tymoshenko’s health. I think that any speculations over this issue, in particular the creation of “barriers” to her examination by the Ukrainian authorities, are groundless and inappropriate.

Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK

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