Lawyer Yuriy Sukhov has said that Yulia Tymoshenko’s defense team will appeal the Pechersk District Court’s ruling in the Kyiv Court of Appeal next week, and then will pass through all national procedures in order to apply to the European Court of Human Rights, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"To get to the European Court of Human Rights we must pass through the appeals and cassation courts in Ukraine, but, unfortunately, we see no prospect of the Pechersk court’s verdict being overturned. We will file the appeal next week," Yuriy Sukhov said at a press conference.

Yuriy Sukhov doesn’t rule out that courts controlled by the government will try to delay the proceedings. "We anticipate that everything will be done to drag out the consideration of our complaints and the courts’ decisions as much as possible to prevent us from going to the European Court of Human Rights," he said.

The lawyer also said that the defense will ask the Kyiv Court of Appeal to change the measure of restraint to one that does not involve incarceration during its review of their appeal. The defense will also insist that Yulia Tymoshenko be present at the appeal hearing.

The lawyer explained that Yulia Tymoshenko’s appeal must be considered within four months. "Only then can we file the cassation to the high specialized court within a month, and it’s not clear how long the review will take," he added.