EU’s Barroso Declares Solidarity with Ukrainians
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has declared that EU members should stand by the people of Ukraine.
"I think the European Union has the right and the duty to stand by the people of Ukraine in this very difficult moment," Barroso said in a statement dedicated to the ongoing mass pro-European protests in the country.
"When we see in the cold streets of Kiev, men and women with the European flag, fighting for that European flag, it is because they are also fighting for Ukraine and for their future," he said.
Barroso said he has asked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to “show restraint in the face of these recent developments, to not use force against the people that are demonstrating peacefully, to respect fully the freedoms that are so important for all of us in Europe.”
Hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting in Kiev's Independence Square against the decision of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to back out of a strategic deal with the EU and seek closer ties with Russia.