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The Ukrainian parliament has backed an amnesty for protesters arrested during the country’s recent demonstrations.

Passing with overwhelming support, the bill was voted through by government and opposition MP’s.

Those leading protest both in and outside parliament have viewed the result as a triumph.

Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of opposition Svoboda party: “This law needs to be signed by the president and to be ratified to come into force and that will mean that a key demand of Maidan (protesters in Independence Square), which is to stop political repression, will be fulfilled.”

Despite the victory protesters are showing no sign of backing down just yet.

Their main gripe persists, an apparent government lurch away from the EU towards Russian aide, only forced by a recent loan deal with Moscow.

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