Ukrainian parliament moves to release Tymoshenko

MARIA DANILOVA YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press Published:

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's newly empowered parliament has voted to allow the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko after more than two years in prison.

Legislators voted 310-54 to decriminalize the count under which she was imprisoned, meaning that she is no longer guilty of a criminal offense.

"Free Yulia! Free Yulia!" legislators chanted after the vote.

It's not immediately clear when she might be released from the eastern city of Kharkiv where she is serving her sentence.