KIEV, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on the international community to be objective and restrained while assessing the political situation in the East European country.
"We hope for the most responsible position of our international partners to prevent actions that in some way may contribute to the further escalation of the internal conflict in Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement on its website.
The ministry also urged foreign countries to base their position on reliable and proven facts.
On Tuesday and in the early hours of Wednesday, at least 26 people died in street clashes between the riot police and protesters in Kiev. The confrontation also left 263 protesters and 342 officers injured.
The unrest marked the latest wave of clashes between demonstrators and police in the almost three-month-long political standoff, which began last November as peaceful demonstrations calling for the country's European integration.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday called for an "immediate end" to the violence in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, where deadly clashes have caused heavy casualties.
A statement issued here by his spokesperson said Ban continued to follow developments in Ukraine with increasing alarm. "He urges an immediate end to the violence in the strongest terms and again stresses that resorting to such measures by any side is totally unacceptable." Full story
TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned violence in Ukraine, warning of consequences if violence continues in the east European country.
Obama on Wednesday traveled to Mexico to attend the North American Leaders' Summit which is held in Toluca, a city in central Mexico. "We have been deeply engaged with our European partners as well as the Ukrainian government and the opposition to try to ensure that violence ends," Obama said shortly after arriving in Toluca. Full story