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Ukrainian Court Releases Arrested Protesters

World | December 13, 2013, Friday // 20:42| Views: 1066 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Ukrainian Court Releases Arrested Protesters Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko. Photo by EPA/BGNES

A Ukrainian court has freed nine people arrested during clashes between pro-EU protesters and riot police.

The release was a key demand of the protest movement, the BBC reminds.

The nine were arrested during a violent crackdown on 30 November to drive protesters away from the presidential administration in the capital Kiev.

The news about their release came as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych held talks with opposition leaders including former boxer Vitali Klitschko.

Klitschko later dismissed the talks.

"This round-table was simply a declaration and not a single step was made to meet the opposition. I have the impression that the authorities today did not listen to a single one of the demands of the opposition," Klitschko said, as cited by international media.

Pro-EU protesters in Ukraine remain defiant and say they were ready to stay outside in downtown Kiev until Christmas or as long as needed. -

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