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White House condemns violence in Ukraine, pressures Yanukovich

Source: Reuters - Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:42 PM
Author: Reuters
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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)

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