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Ukraine ex-leader Tymoshenko's back pain improving

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Photo - In this picture publicly provided by the Charite hospital in Berlin, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko , center,  poses  with her doctors  Professor  Karl Max Einhaeupl , left,  CEO of the Charite Hospital and doctors from left :  Dr. Anett Reisshauer , Professor  Nobert Haas, Professor Matthias Endres, and Professor Peter Vajkoczy in the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany,  on Saturday March 8,  2014.  Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has started medical treatment at Berlin's Charite hospital after arriving late Friday, but doctors treating her say it's too soon to say how long this will take. (AP Photo/ho/Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this picture publicly provided by the Charite hospital in Berlin, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko , center, poses with her doctors Professor Karl Max Einhaeupl , left, CEO of the Charite Hospital and doctors from left : Dr. Anett Reisshauer , Professor Nobert Haas, Professor Matthias Endres, and Professor Peter Vajkoczy in the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday March 8, 2014. Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has started medical treatment at Berlin's Charite hospital after arriving late Friday, but doctors treating her say it's too soon to say how long this will take. (AP Photo/ho/Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin) MANDATORY CREDIT
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BERLIN (AP) — German doctors treating Yulia Tymoshenko say the former Ukrainian prime minister's chronic back pain has improved after four days of treatment and may not require surgery.

Berlin's Charite hospital said in a statement Tuesday that Tymoshenko has responded well to injections at the site of the affected nerves.

The 53-year-old suffered three slipped discs while imprisoned on what Western governments considered politically motivated charges of corruption.

She was freed last month after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine.

The hospital says doctors are waiting to see whether the improvement lasts before deciding on a possible operation, and Tymoshenko agrees with this approach.

Tymoshenko holds no post in Ukraine's new government but is believed to wield behind-the-scenes influence. She has expressed interest in running for president in Ukraine's May 25 election.

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