Kiev, Ukraine: Ukraine's president has played down plans by some European leaders to boycott Euro 2012 matches in Ukraine over the imprisonment of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, saying the event will be a success, according to an interview published on Thursday.
"Why do you think nobody is coming?" Viktor Yanukovych was quoted as saying. "All the tickets have been sold, the excitement is incredible ... Euro 2012 will take place and there will be fans!"
Yanukovych also suggested in the interview with the Segodnya daily newspaper that Tymoshenko, who is suffering from a severe spinal condition, will not be allowed to be treated abroad despite an offer to treat her in Germany.