Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.19
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has made a statement in connection with the recent events in Kiev and strongly condemned the use of force against the citizens of this country.
"We strongly condemn the use of force and are extremely concerned about the tragic events of February 18-19 in Kiev, which led to heavy casualties. We express our condolences and support to the families of victims and injured among which, unfortunately, there are also Georgian citizens. These events, which we follow with particular emotion, are absolutely not compatible with democracy, human rights and European values . We join the call of the international community to the government of Ukraine to make effective steps to return the parties to the dialogue format so that the events will not turn into a large-scale civil strife. We once again express solidarity to the Ukrainian people in this difficult moment for them and believe that the only alternative to overcome the current political crisis is a peaceful dialogue," the statement said.
The riots in Kiev were 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 turned for 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 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 L.Z.
Edited by C.N.