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Ukraine violence 'must stop'; establish new interim government: Kerry

Published on Feb 21, 2014 10:28 AM
 
Anti-government protesters gathering around tents and barricades near Independence Square in central Kiev on Feb 20, 2014. United States Secretary of State John Kerry hit out at Ukrainian security forces on Feb 20, 2014, demanding that violence meted out against demonstrators must stop amid scenes of senseless death in Kiev. - PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry hit out at Ukrainian security forces on Thursday, demanding that violence meted out against demonstrators "must stop" amid scenes of "senseless death" in Kiev.

The remarks, in a statement from the State Department, said the US "unequivocally condemn the use of force against civilians by security forces, and urge that those forces be withdrawn immediately".

The demand from Kerry came shortly after US Vice President Joe Biden warned Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych that America was ready to impose sanctions on officials guilty of ordering troops to fire on protesters.

"It's with anger and anguish that we have watched renewed violence on the streets of Kiev today destroy more lives and rip apart more families," Kerry's statement said.

 
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