Ashton to Embark on 2-Day Trip to Ukraine amid Turmoil
EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to visit Ukraine on Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to support a way out of the political crisis in the country.
Ashton “is expected to meet all the main stakeholders on both sides ... as well as civil society," a commission spokeswoman told a regular news briefing on Monday.
The spokeswoman assured that the bloc "continues to request an investigation into the violence we have seen against the peaceful protesters and everything that followed.”
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Sunday evening, once again seeking the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union.
Protesters, who oppose a customs union with Russia, toppled a statue of Lenin and smashed it with hammers.
The demonstrators have demanded the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych's government and elections for the presidency and government.