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Ukraine leader pardons Tymoshenko ally under EU pressure

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pardoned Sunday a close ally of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko as several thousands rallied in Kiev to protest his policies amid rising political tensions. 

Former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko (R) kisses his wife Iryna (L) in front of the prison in Makoshino village, on April 7, 2013. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pardoned Lutsenko, a close ally of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, as several thousands rallied in Kiev to protest his policies amid rising political tensions.

Yuriy Lutsenko walked free from a prison in northern Ukraine after Yanukovych pardoned the 48-year-old former interior minister under pressure from European Union and the opposition.

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