UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed his concern over the political unrest in Ukraine, called on all parties to engage in "meaningful, sustained and inclusive" dialogue.
A statement issued here by his spokesperson said that Ban reiterated his appeal to all concerned to act with restraint, avoid any further escalation and violence and to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
"The secretary-general takes note of renewed efforts towards dialogue in Ukraine," the statement said. "He urges all parties to engage in meaningful, sustained and inclusive dialogue and reiterates the need for a mutual agreement among Ukrainians on the future path of their country."
The two-month-old political demonstrations in Ukraine, which had been largely peaceful, have turned violent after the parliament on Thursday approved legislation limiting demonstrations.
Anti-government protesters and police clashed for two days in Ukraine's capital Kiev, which has seriously escalated the political crisis in the country. Local media estimated that around 100 people were hurt.
Clashes between protesters, police continue in Ukraine
KIEV, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government protesters clashed with police in central Kiev for a second day on Monday after the weekend rally, called in part to protest new laws limiting public assembly, turned violent.
Demonstrators have occupied the capital's Independence Square and European Square, erecting barricades and building special devices for throwing stones and "Molotov cocktails" at law enforcement officers. Some protesters pelted police with burning rags and petrol bombs. Full story
Clashes erupt in Ukraine as protesters attack police
KIEV, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's anti-government protests turned violent on Sunday as thousands of demonstrators attacked riot police with sticks, fireworks and smoke bombs in central Kiev, according to local media.
Protesters reportedly tried to overturn a police bus and torched an interior forces vehicle, meeting with strong resistance from police armed with stun grenades, tear gas and water cannons. Full story
White House threatens sanctions against Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The White House threatened on Sunday to slap sanctions on Ukraine "in response to its use of violence" against protesters.
"The U.S. will continue to consider additional steps -- including sanctions -- in response to the use of violence," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. Full story