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Ukraine provisionally frees the last of protesters detained during unrest

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Ukraine provisionally frees the last of protesters detained during unrest

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In Ukraine the last of the 234 protesters have been provisionally set free. The move is aimed at defusing the protracted unrest.

But the government has set a deadline of Monday for activists to leave government buildings and clear a barricade in Kyiv.

Many of the those who were freed will remain under house arrest. The opposition said they would comply with some of the government’s demands.

Opinion among the protesters is divided. One new bride was determined not to move, despite her wedding.

“We should stay in our positions till the end. And we should go on the attack and not wait for them to throw us out. And my wedding is not an obstacle. If I have to I will spend my wedding night on Hrushevskyy Street,” she said.

But other activists were not as emphatic and were ready to comply with the conditions, as one man said. “As for me I would liberate the council building but I know what political repression is and I know there are mothers waiting for detained activists.”

In a statement the opposition movement confirmed it would partially re-open Hrushevskyy Street and added some protesters would remain on guard at the city hall in Kyiv.