Leaders shun summit
Six European leaders are now reported as having decided not to attend the Yalta Summit of Central European leaders on 11th/12th May.
The summit, which was supposed to bring together twenty central European leaders has become the centrepiece for a quiet protest against the continued imprisonment and apparent poor treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
The six presidents not attending so far are from Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Not all have given the Tymoshenko problem as the cause of their cancellation, giving other reasons instead.
Some leaders of the wider European community have also said that they will not be attending the Euro 2012 football tournament which is being hosted by the Ukraine and Poland between June and July.