Georgia urges Ukraine to stop violence against protesters

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Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.19

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili made ​​an official statement on Wednesday in connection with the events in Ukraine and urged his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich to stop the violence against protesters.

"I want to express my extreme concern about the events taking place in Ukraine, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people and injured hundreds. I want to express my condolences to the bereaved families, including the family of the Georgian citizen, Zurab Khurtsia," the statement said.

Georgian president described the situation in Kiev as alarming.

"I want to call on my counterpart Viktor Yanukovich to make every effort to stop the violence against protesters and begin a dialogue with the opposition. I support the position of my colleagues - the leaders of Europe, which consists of the necessity to relieve the situation and to begin negotiations. We previously stressed that the highest values for supreme authority ​are people's lives, the unity and sovereignty of the country. I hope that the situation will be resolved in Ukraine on the basis of this principle," the statement says.

Riots in Kiev resumed on February 18, the day of the Ukrainian parliament's meeting, during which the opposition demanded the restoration of the Constitution of 2004.

Radicals broke into the building in the center of Kiev, burned tires, threw stones at cars and police officers. The opposition used firearms for the first time, according to the police.

Doctors say that in total, some 351 people sought medical assistance, 241 participants of the mass events were hospitalized and 25 people were killed. The dead include around ten law enforcement officers. Over 70 law enforcement officers were shot and wounded during the clashes with radicals.

The mass protests in Ukraine began on November 21, 2013, when the government announced the suspension of the preparation of the Association Agreement with the EU.

Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N

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