Serhiy Vlasenko, Yulia Tymoshenko’s defender, says the ex-premier’s health has taken a turn for the worse, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"I just had the opportunity to talk with Yulia Tymoshenko. I waited nearly three hours for the meeting because she is unable to walk without assistance. I met with her for close to 90 minutes. I once against stress – her health has gotten much, much more," Serhiy Vlasenko told journalists today outside the Lukyanivka prison.

Vlasenko said her condition is due to conditions in the prison, particularly the cold. "I didn’t see any doctors, so it’s hard for me to say anything about the doctors and their recommendations. I don’t know what their diagnosis is, but as far as I know she was recommended bed rest and to not stay in rooms where the temperature is lower than 14-15 C," he added.

According to Vlasenko, Yulia Tymoshenko came to their meeting with help from prison staff.