Ukraine activist in hospital vows to fight on

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In this frame grab provided by 5 Channel, bloody Dmytro Bulatov speaks to press after he was found near Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 31, 2014. Bulatov, an opposition protester who disappeared more than a week ago says he was kidnapped and tortured by unknown assailants, in a chilling development that is likely to further stoke anger against the embattled government of President Viktor Yanukovych. Dmytro Bulatov, is the latest in a string of disappearances and mysterious attacks on prominent opposition leaders, which left one activist dead and several badly beaten. (AP Photo/5 Channel)

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Ukraine opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov says he will continue to fight for democratic reforms in his country as he convalesces from injuries in a Lithuanian hospital.

In a statement issued Monday by the Vilnius University Hospital, Bulatov said he will need a few days to get back on his feet, "but they failed to break my soul. I will continue my fight, I will go forward. I will fight for democracy in Ukraine."

Bulatov went missing on Jan. 22 and resurfaced a week later, heavily bruised and with part of an ear cut off.

His condition raised fears that government supporters are trying to intimidate the opposition. Police had sought him for questioning on suspicion of organizing mass disorder, but prosecutors said he was free to leave Ukraine on Sunday.