Ukraine's freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has spoken to Angela Merkel by telephone, according to Reuters.
The German Chancellor "congratulated Yulia Tymoshenko on her release and expressed the certainty that her return to mainstream politics would become one of the main factors in stabilising the situation in Ukraine", a statement said.
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