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US House votes in support of Ukraine's people

Published on Feb 11, 2014 11:05 AM
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Anti-government protest camps in central Kiev on Feb 10, 2014. The US House of Representatives voted 381-2 to support "the Ukrainian people's struggle to build an independent, democratic, and strong Ukraine that is free from foreign meddling". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US House of Representatives on Monday passed a resolution in support of the people of Ukraine, urging all parties in the former Soviet state to work for peace.

The text, adopted in a 381-2 vote, says that the House supports "the Ukrainian people's struggle to build an independent, democratic, and strong Ukraine that is free from foreign meddling."

"We call upon the Ukrainian government to exercise restraint and respect the democratic wishes of the people, and we call upon all sides to avoid violence," the resolution stressed.

The ex-Soviet nation of 46 million people has been in chaos since November when President Viktor Yanukovych ditched a historic EU trade and political pact in favour of closer ties with Moscow, stunning pro-EU parts of the population and sparking violent protests.

 
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