Wednesday, February 19, 2014

US, Germany condemn violence in Ukraine

The US and German governments have condemned the latest clashes between demonstrators and police in Ukraine, which have left more than a dozen people dead.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that the US is appalled by the violence.

Carney said force will not resolve the crisis. He said the US urges Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to "de-escalate" the situation immediately and restart a dialogue with opposition leaders.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany was shocked to hear of the dead and injured on Tuesday.

Steinmeier raised the possibility of the European Union imposing sanctions against Ukraine's leaders.

He said those responsible for making any decisions that lead to the further spilling of blood must know that the reserve Europe has shown in terms of personal sanctions will be reconsidered.