Ashton condemns new escalation in Ukraine

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is deeply worried over the grave new escalation in Kyiv and the reported victims. In a statement issued in January 18, she condemned all use of violence, including against public or party buildings, and urged the leadership of Ukraine to address the root causes of the crisis.

Political decisions should be made in parliament and Ukraine should urgently return to a parliamentary process, Ashton insisted in her statement, adding: “Political leaders must now assume their shared responsibility to rebuild trust and create the conditions for an effective solution to the political crisis.”

“A solution should include the formation of a new inclusive government, progress on constitutional reform and the preparation for transparent and democratic presidential elections,” said Ashton, adding that the EU stands ready to assist Ukraine in this process.

Source: ENPI Info Centre