Yanukovych's refusal to talk a 'big mistake'

2014-02-19 14:30
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Ukraine unrest

Ukraine's capital, Kiev, has been the epicentre of nearly three months of anti-government protests. See the latest images of the clashes here.

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday blamed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to enter serious dialogue for the escalation of deadly violence in the three-month-old standoff.

"Everyone must know that violence is no solution and only makes everything much worse. Ukraine has paid dearly for the delaying tactics of president Yanukovych," said Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"His refusal to hold serious talks about a peaceful conflict resolution and constitutional reform is a big mistake."

Protesters braced on Wednesday for a fresh assault by riot police in central Kiev after a day of clashes left at least 25 people dead.

"Yesterday's outbreak of violence is alarming, the high number of victims among demonstrators and police last night is terrible," said Steinmeier in a statement released in Berlin while he was on a Paris visit.

Steinmeier called on all sides to step back from the brink and for an end to violence, saying "this applies to the security forces but also the radical elements among the demonstrators".

He added that "it is the responsibility of President Yanukovych, the government and the security forces to act prudently and to de-escalate".

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