Parliament votes 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych on Feb. 22; sets May 25 for new election; Tymoshenko free (VIDEO)

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Feb. 23, 2014, 2:39 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Kyiv Post

This handout picture taken and released by the Batkivshyna press service on Feb. 22 shows Ukraine's jailed pro-Western opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko leaving the hospital in Kharkiv. Tymoshenko walked free on Feb. 22 moments after parliament voted to oust the country's embattled President Viktor Yanukovych and set new elections for May. The latest developments in the ex-Soviet nation's three-month political crisis came after protesters took control of Kiev's charred city centre and seized Yanukovych's lavish residence on a day of dramatic twists and turns. Tymoshenko -- a fiery 53-year-old co-leader of the 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution whose freedom has been sought strongly by both Washington and the European Union -- waved to hundreds of supporters chanting "free Yulia!" AFP PHOTO/ BATKIVSHCHYNA PARTY PRESS-SERVICE / INNA PETRIKOVA

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Editor's Note: The Kyiv Post has been covering the anti-government, pro-democracy EuroMaidan protests from their very beginning on Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a political and trade association agreement with the European Union. The protests are in their 93rd day on Feb. 21. Nearly 100 people have been killed since the demonstrations started and thousands injured in clashes between protesters and police. Demonstrators are demanding Yanukovych's resignation and early presidential and parliamentary elections.

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