White House Statement On Situation In Ukraine



Published on 20 January 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2014

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Ukraine

We are deeply concerned by the violence taking place today on the streets of Kyiv and urge all sides to immediately de-escalate the situation. The increasing tension in Ukraine is a direct consequence of the government failing to acknowledge the legitimate grievances of its people. Instead, it has moved to weaken the foundations of Ukraine's democracy by criminalizing peaceful protest and stripping civil society and political opponents of key democratic protections under the law. We urge the Government of Ukraine to take steps that represent a better way forward for Ukraine, including repeal of the anti-democratic legislation signed into law in recent days, withdrawing the riot police from downtown Kyiv, and beginning a dialogue with the political opposition. From its first days, the Maidan movement has been defined by a spirit of non-violence and we support today's call by opposition political leaders to reestablish that principle.

The U.S. will continue to consider additional steps ― including sanctions ― in response to the use of violence.

 


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Posted 2014-01-20 13:58:00