BBC - The Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been freed from jail.
It follows a vote by parliament to release her as the president fled the capital Kiev.
Before the release, her daughter said her mother was already legally free but still in the hospital where she was being held.
She was sentenced to seven years in jail after a controversial verdict on her actions as prime minister.
The glamorous, fiery orator who helped lead the Orange Revolution - Ukraine’s revolt against a controversial election in 2004 - was convicted of criminally exceeding her powers when she agreed a gas deal with Russia which was seen to have disadvantaged Ukraine.
She has always said the charges of abuse of power are a tissue of lies, inspired by the man she helped oust in 2004, Viktor Yanukovych, who returned to defeat her in the 2010 presidential election.
The European Union had demanded her release as one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year - triggering the protests that led to the current crisis.