Ukraine fails to pass Tymoshenko release bill

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, an activist of the Ukrainian Opposition Party holds a poster with a photo of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko outside the Kiev City council building, during a protest rally demanding a re-election of the city council, in Kiev, Ukraine. More than 20 years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union and painfully searching for its place on the geopolitical map, Ukraine finally has a real chance to firmly align itself with the EU, with its democratic standards and free-market zone. The alternative is to slide back into Russia's shadow, both politically and economically. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chuzavkov, File)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers have refused to support a bill that would allow the release of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, a key condition for Ukraine's integration with the European Union.

Members of President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions on Thursday did not vote in favor of even one of the six bills meant to allow Tymosehnko's release ahead of a Ukraine-EU summit next week. Opposition lawmakers responded with chants of "Shame! Shame!"