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Opposition ready to vacate seized Kiev building

Updated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 3:42 a.m.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A top Ukrainian opposition leader says protesters are ready to vacate the Kiev City Hall that has been occupied by demonstrators for nearly three months — if the government drops all charges against the demonstrators.

This week, the last of the 234 protesters were released from jail as part of an amnesty. The amnesty law also calls for the opposition to vacate seized government buildings in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine.

Oleh Tyahnybok, head of the nationalist Svoboda party, said Saturday the opposition is ready to vacate the Kiev City Hall, used by protesters as a dormitory, if criminal cases against protesters are dropped.

The protests erupted in November after Yanukovych froze ties with the West and turned to Russia.