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Agence France-Presse: Ukraine’s Euro 2012 dreams turning dark.
Explosions and Western anger over the alleged prison beating of hunger-striking ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko have turned Ukraine’s Euro 2012 dreams into a nightmare just weeks before the kick-off.
The former Soviet nation of 46 million had been hoping to use its first major showcase to charm and impress the European fans who plan to trek beyond co-hosts Poland and visit Ukraine’s three gleaming new football venues.
But things took a tense turn in mid-April when European football boss Michel Platini — a suave Frenchman who has backed Ukraine’s cause from the start — accused its “bandits and crooks” of hiking up hotel prices to exorbitant rates.