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Yanukovich administration to blame for riots – EU official

February 19, 2014, 18:32 UTC+3 BRUSSELS

European Parliament President has issued a statement that blames President Viktor Yanukovich and his administration for the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine

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BRUSSELS, February 19. /ITAR-TASS/. European Parliament President has issued a statement that continues the EU officials’ line at apportioning all blame for the current aggravation of the crisis in Ukraine to President Viktor Yanukovich and his administration and calls for an introduction of sanctions against the individuals encroaching on human rights.

"A tragedy is unfolding in Ukraine,” Schulz said. “The failure of authorities to engage in genuine dialogue has led to renewed violence and deaths of many protesters and police. It is deeply shocking and unacceptable. It requires a strong and urgent action.”

The claimed that the Ukrainian authorities were about to lose all legitimacy. “The current authorities in Ukraine need to make space for a transitional government of national unity and early elections in order to bring back the legitimacy of national authorities,” Schulz said.

He said, among other things, that “people should express their views with voting cards, not with stones and clubs,” adding that “further bloodshed must be avoided at all costs.”

“I call on the authorities to call off the riot police,” Schulz said. “The opposition should also refrain from violence and avoid succumbing to provocation. I know it is difficult now but dialogue must resume.”

He believes that what is needed on the side of the EU in this situation is “a threat of credible targeted sanctions against those involved in human rights violations.” Also, there is a need for a “credible offer of important financial aid if the situation is resolved peacefully and a political solution is found.”

“The Ukrainian people deserve all of our support,” Schulz said. “I am convinced that at the end of the road history will be on their side.

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