WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned Ukrainian authorities' response to demonstrators in Kiev and urged President Viktor Yanukovich to listen to the Ukrainian people and return the country to a path toward European integration.
"The right to peaceful protest and assembly must be respected. Violence of this sort that we have seen on the streets of Kiev is impermissible in a democratic state," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing.
Earnest said lines of communication between the U.S. government and Ukraine's government remained open. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Vicki Allen)