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Ukrainian opposition rallies in Kiev

More than 2,000 people gathered in Kiev on Saturday to protest against Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Opposition parties held the unified rally to unveil a plan of action for October’s parliamentary elections and demonstrat against the jailing of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Her daughter Eugenia addressed the crowd. Reading a statement on behalf of the ex-PM, she said political squabbles must be left behind.

“Our sacred duty is to free Ukraine from this cruel and criminal occupation,” she said.

Tymoshenko believes her seven-year prison sentence over a gas deal with Russia she signed in office is no more than a political chirade, orchestrated by her bitter rival Yanukovich.

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