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Tymoshenko asks Ukrainians to fight ruling party

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Aug. 24, 2012, 3:59 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

Opposition activists take part in a rally as they mark the 21th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union and protest the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
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Ukraine's jailed ex-prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called on Ukrainians to put up a fight against the ruling party in the coming parliamentary vote.

Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced last year to seven years in prison for abuse of office while negotiating a natural gas contract with Russia in 2009. Her supporters say the trial was orchestrated by her opponent President Viktor Yushchenko.

Tymoshenko's audio message from a jail in eastern Ukraine was played out at an opposition rally in Kiev on Friday, Aug. 24. The ex-premier called on her supporters to "put up a fight."

She says, "this is a battle between all sensible and strong people and an absolute evil."

The parliamentary vote is slated for Oct. 28.

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