MOSCOW, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Moscow condemned the violent protests in Ukraine and would use its influence to defeat a "pro-Fascist revolution", Russia's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
Noting people were killed and wounded in several Ukrainian cities as a result of the "criminal actions" of the radical opposition, the ministry said this was due to attempts to "forcibly seize power."
Moscow was shocked Ukraine opposition leaders did not respond to the actions of the radicals, a Foreign Office statement said.
Russia also slammed European politicians and institutions for their unwillingness to admit the Ukrainian opposition should be blamed for the actions of the radicals, which the ministry described as "indulging a pro-Fascist revolution."
"Russia demands the leaders of 'Maidan' stop the bloodshed in their country and immediately resume dialogue with legal authorities without any threats," the ministry said. Maidan is the local name for Independence Square in central Kiev.
Russia will use all its power and influence to restore peace in the "friendly brother country," it said.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin said it would not intervene in the events unfolding in Ukraine.
"The Kremlin follows events in Ukraine with attention. Our main principle is not to interfere in the events in Kiev. We have repeatedly said that and the Kremlin continues to follow that line," local media reported spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Earlier this month, Peskov said Russia was concerned with the situation in Ukraine, including the rise of Russophobia there, but was not going to intervene in Kiev's domestic affairs.
The protests in Ukraine, which began last November in support of European integration, turned violent in mid-January. By Wednesday morning, at least 25 people have died in street clashes between riot police and protesters in Kiev.
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