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US voices 'disgust' at Ukraine crackdown: Kerry

Published on Dec 11, 2013 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday voiced its "disgust" at Ukraine's repression of demonstrators at Kiev's Independence Square, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Washington "expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kiev's Maidan Square with riot police, bulldozers, and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity," Mr Kerry said.

"This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy."

His strong reaction came as Ukrainian security forces stormed Kiev's Independence Square, occupying an area protesters had held for over a week and removing their barricades in a move that sparked immediate international concern.

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