KIEV - A Ukrainian court ordered the detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday following a state prosecutor's motion to take her into custody during her trial on charges of abuse of office.
The prosecution, which accuses Tymoshenko of illegally forcing state energy company Naftogaz to sign a gas supply contract with Russia in 2009, has said Tymoshenko was disturbing the courtroom proceedings. She has denied the charges.
Judge Rodion Kireyev said he had ordered Tymoshenko's detention over her "systemic violations" of court rules. He did not say how long the detention would last and adjourned the trial until Monday.