Tymoshenko wants Crimea back

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Ahead of presidential elections in May.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister -- and presidential candidate -- Yulia Tymoshenko wants Crimea back.

And she's backed by thousands here in Kiev square, draped in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) FORMER UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, YULIA TYMOSHENKO, SAYING:

"I set it as my goal to bring the occupation of Crimea to an end. I don't perceive statements that are being voiced around the world today or those analytical reports given to the leaders of the biggest countries saying that Ukraine has already lost Crimea and that we must be reconciled to this fact. I want to tell you now with all my responsibility that I will never be reconciled to this fact. Crimea is Ukraine. Crimea is Ukrainian. And we will return it to us and release it from occupants."

The former Prime Minister has spent time in prison. She was jailed in 2011 for abuse of office linked to a gas deal she had br

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