Ukraine ex-PM Tymoshenko freed

The Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been freed from jail, the BBC reports.

It follows a vote by parliament to release her after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital Kiev.

Speaking after her release, she said “the dictatorship has fallen”.

She was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2011 after a controversial verdict on her actions as prime minister.

The European Union had demanded her release as one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year – triggering the protests that led to the current crisis.

Olha Lappo, spokeswoman for the Fatherland party Ms Tymoshenko leads, said she was heading from prison in the eastern city of Kharkiv to the capital Kiev to join protesters there.

Her release was made possible by a European-brokered peace deal between her President Yanukovych and the opposition on Friday.

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