ITV News Europe Editor James Mates was the first western journalist to speak to freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, as she arrived to Kiev's Independence Square.
Tymoshenko told him: "I want to say to Ukrainians that they are the bravest and best people in the world. They were able to stop a dictatorship, they have opened Ukraine's path to democracy, to freedom and to Europe.
"I thank them all - they are my heroes."
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