Selective prosecution of political opponents by the Ukrainian government will affect high-level U.S.-Ukraine relations, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has said, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The Ukrainian government`s recent actions are a setback for democracy and human rights. I have worked for decades to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Ukraine, and this could put a strain on the relationship between Ukraine, the U.S. and the international community," Marcy Kaptur said during a meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter, Eugenia, on February 3.

As noted on the Congresswoman’s website, during her meeting with Eugenia Tymoshenko, Marcy Kaptur express concern over Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment and deteriorating health.

"The physical well being of the former prime minister has become a serious concern. Several Western Ambassadors have been denied access to her, and she is even being denied access to a personal physician. She must be guaranteed access to adequate medical care," she said.

In response to the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment, Congresswoman Kaptur introduced a resolution in October 2011, H.Res. 435, condemning the ex-premier’s politically charged prosecution by President Viktor Yanukovych`s government. "The international community sees this trial against former Prime Minister Tymoshenko as a selective prosecution, brought on for political reasons," said Marcy Kaptur.