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Protesters hail freed Tymoshenko but Ukraine leader defiant

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Protesters in Ukraine seized control of the capital Kiev and hailed freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in a historic turn of events Saturday, but marginalised President Viktor Yanukovych defiantly declared he still wielded power. 

Anti-government protesters react after the vote of the Ukrainian Parliament as they rally outside the parliament building in Kiev on February 22, 2014

The situation in the ex-Soviet nation -- deeply divided between aspirations towards the European Union and loyalty to Russia -- was still fluid and uncertainty reigned over whether the opposition had definitively triumphed over Yanukovych on a day of high drama exactly three months into the country's crisis.

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