3 Ukrainian Ex-Presidents Back Pro-EU Protests

World | December 4, 2013, Wednesday // 19:47|  views

Massive rallies have taken place in Ukraine over the past two weeks, with demonstrators opposing a government decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Ukraine’s three post-Soviet former presidents have come up with a joint statement of support for the ongoing mass pro-European protests in the country.

"We express solidarity with the peaceful civic actions of hundreds of thousands of young Ukrainians," said a statement from Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko.

"For the first time, the Ukrainian people have come out on the streets with an apolitical demand that has unprecedented mass support," said the statement, according to The Telegraph.

The three former Presidents condemned "the excessive use of (police force) against peaceful demonstrators" and urged all sides to refrain from further violence.

Massive rallies have taken place in Ukraine over the past two weeks, with demonstrators opposing a government decision not to sign a deal on closer EU ties.

Protesters are demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych's government and new elections.


Tags: Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko, presidents, Ukraine, EU, protests, Viktor Yanukovich

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