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Ukrainian Opposition Icon To Be Released From Prison: Daughter

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will soon be released in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, where she is being treated in hospital, her daughter signaled on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press earlier quoted the opposition icon's aide Natasha Lysova as saying Tymoshenko had been released. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.

Yevgenia Tymoshenko said she was going to Kharkiv to meet her mother, who was jailed in 2011 for seven years for abuse of office linked to a gas deal and is a bitter rival of President Viktor Yanukovich.

The claim of her imminent release comes one day after the Ukrainian parliament voted to decriminalize the charge on which she was convicted.

Earlier, downtown Kiev looked to be in the hands of the opposition after Yanukovych made huge concessions to protesters and then left the city.

Reuters and The Associated Press