Nato condemns 'excessive force' in Ukraine

2013-12-03 22:33
Ukrainian protesters crowd a boulevard as they march to Independence square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. (Sergei Chuzavkov, AP)

Ukrainian protesters crowd a boulevard as they march to Independence square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. (Sergei Chuzavkov, AP)

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Brussels - Nato foreign ministers condemned the use of "excessive force" against protesters in Ukraine on Tuesday and urged all sides to refrain from provoking further clashes.

"We urge Ukraine... to fully abide by its international commitments and to uphold the freedom of expression and assembly. We urge the government and the opposition to engage in dialogue and launch a reform process," Nato allies said in a statement during a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.

Ukrainian police used batons and stun grenades over the weekend to break up pro-Europe protests after President Viktor Yanukovich failed to sign a landmark European Union integration agreement on Friday.

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