KIEV, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday warned Ukrainians against fomenting extremism and radicalism in the society.
"I urge to say 'no' to extremism, radicalism and fomenting enmity, which is based on the political struggle for power," Yanukovych was quoted by the presidential press service as saying during an international round table entitled "The democratic process and the threat of radicalism in Ukraine."
On the recent confrontation between anti-government demonstrators and police officers, Yanukovych said radicalism and extremism occur in the Ukrainian society.
He expressed regret over manifestation of tension in Ukraine and called on Ukrainians to unite against Nazism, racism and xenophobia.
Earlier in the day, Yanukovych returned to work from four days of sick leave from acute respiratory disease.
Anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine turned violent on Jan. 19, when protesters attacked police with sticks, fireworks and petrol bombs. The far-right groups, which are seeking to " overthrow the current regime, even by force," reportedly were the initiators of the violent clashes with police.
At least four demonstrators were killed during the unrest and hundreds of others, including police officers, were injured.
The protests in Ukraine began last November over the government 's decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union.
MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Moscow is concerned with the attempts of Ukrainian opposition to inflame the current security crisis in the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
"We expect that the opposition in Ukraine would abandon threats and ultimatums and start more active dialogue with the authorities in searching of constitutional ways of getting the country out of the deep crisis," the ministry said in an online comment. Full story
MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Saturday that Ukrainian government had met all the requirements of the opposition and the latter should do their part to end the crisis in the East European country.
Kozhara said at the Munich Security Conference that the requirements set by the opposition include repealing a controversial legislation issued on Jan. 16, providing amnesty to detained persons under the condition that the opposition retreat from occupied government buildings, being ready to talk about constitutional reform as well as election and composition of electorate commission. Full story