EU hails Ukraine pardon for Tymoshenko ally

The European Union on Sunday welcomed Ukraine's pardon of a close ally of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko, calling it "an important step".

Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, said on his Twitter account: "At last - welcome very much President Yanukovych decision to pardon Lutsenko... (it's a) first but important step to deal with selective justice."