PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCH ISSUES STATEMENT 12 HOURS AFTER BRUTAL POLICE ATTACKS ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS

30.11.13


Only 12 hours after #euromaidan protesters were dispersed and beaten by riot police in Kyiv, President Yanukovych expressed his "deep concern" about the violence and said that the perpetrators will be punished.

In the English language version of his address published on the Presidential website, Yanukovych said:

"I condemn the actions that led to forceful confrontation and suffering of people. Several days ago in front of the whole country I have declared the support to civic non-violent actions. Those who didn’t listen to the words of the Constitution and the President and provoked the conflict at Maidan will be punished. I require the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to immediately provide me and the Ukrainian people with the results of prompt and objective investigation in order to punish the perpetrators".

He went on to urge everyone "to work together over the program of measures that would make the economy of Ukraine less vulnerable, protect the jobs, wages, pensions and ensure their growth in the future", and then added: "I urge everyone to contribute to this responsible task... for the sake of our European future".

Weasel words after the events of the past few days (if not the past two years)!  Lest it be forgotten, it is not just this morning's peaceful protesters in Kyiv's Independence Square that have been at the receiving end of Yanukovych's brutal regime.

The full text can be read here.


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