Ukraine sets voting, ousts its president

Police, soldiers back off, give protesters free rein

Posted: February 23, 2014 at 5:36 a.m.

Fresh out of prison, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko addresses a crowd of 50,000 Saturday night in Kiev’s Independence Square. “Today a dictatorship fell,” she declared.

Ukrainian lawmakers voted Saturday to hold elections May 25 and to remove President Viktor Yanukovych, who vowed not to resign and was stopped by border officials as he attempted to flee the country.

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