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Ukraine President says Kiev unrest is a threat to whole country

Published on Jan 21, 2014 1:36 AM

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on Monday that clashes between police and protesters in the capital Kiev threatened the entire country, as he made a call for dialogue.

"I am convinced that such phenomena are a threat not only to the public in Kiev but all of Ukraine," Mr Yanukovych said in an address to the nation published on the presidential website.

"I urge dialogue, compromise and calm in our native land," he said in his first public comments on the violence.

The 63-year-old leader stressed that he had previously allowed protests against his decision to ditch a key pact with the EU to take place, but now his patience might be running out.

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