KIEV, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said the country was shocked by the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya and voiced strong condemnation of the violent deeds.
"This awful crime, unfortunately, once again shows that the real security situation in Libya is far from what the international community tried to achieve through its actions against the country," the director of the ministry's information policy department, Oleh Voloshyn, told local media.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the U.S. government.
"We are calling on the Libyan authorities to take all of the necessary measures to ensure the safety of foreign diplomatic missions accredited on the territory of this country, including the Embassy of Ukraine. We expect the Libyan side to conduct a complete investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the armed attack," the ministry said.
"Under these circumstances, we expect even more active support from our international partners for Ukraine's efforts to free a group of Ukrainian citizens who, in our opinion, were unjustifiably convicted and are in custody in Libya," said Voloshyn.
The ministry again advised Ukrainians to refrain from visiting Libya due to the real danger to their lives and health in this country.
U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats were killed and several other staff members were wounded when a mob stormed the consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday evening.