Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko shows an injury she claims she suffered in the Kachanivska prison.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko shows an injury she claims she suffered in the Kachanivska prison. Photo: Reuters

Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's imprisoned former prime minister, has been moved from jail to a hospital for treatment of a severe back condition, under supervision of a German doctor.

The move yesterday was likely to allay some Western concerns over Ms Tymoshenko's health and handling in prison.

Top EU officials and some EU governments have vowed to boycott the European football championship matches co-hosted by Ukraine in June, and Ukraine had to cancel a regional co-operation summit this weekend after most heads of central and eastern European states cancelled their visits over the Tymoshenko case.

Ms Tymoshenko has been on hunger strike for more than two weeks to protest against alleged abuse.