Anti-government demonstrators march along a street after a rally in front of the General Prosecutor Office demanding the release of detained protesters in Kiev, February 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin)
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Ukrainian authorities on Friday provisionally freed the last 234 detained protesters under an amnesty offer aimed at defusing protracted street unrest, but activists decried the move as a sham and pressed for further concessions.Though police released the last of 234 detained protesters on Friday, criminal charges have not been lifted against them.At least six people have been killed in clashes with riot police -- unprecedented in the 22 years since Ukraine gained independence -- since thousands of protesters rebelled against Yanukovich's sudden move to snub the EU in favour of forging closer economic ties with former Soviet master Russia.The crisis has triggered a geopolitical tussle between East and West: Russia is beckoning Yanukovich with a $15 billion aid package to plug holes in Ukraine's heavily-indebted economy while the United States and its Western allies have urged him to move back towards an IMF-backed deal with Europe.
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