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The UN and Washington condemn violence in Ukraine

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The international community has turned its focus on the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking at a UN event in Lima, the organisation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke of his concern.

“I appeal to all parties to act with restraint, avoid any further violence and to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”

In Washington reports of journalists and members of the media being assaulted were described as ‘disturbing’ by White House press secretary Jay Carney:

“Violence and intimidation should have no place in today’s Ukraine. We continue to support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to achieve a prosperous European democracy. European integration is the surest course to economic growth and to strengthening Ukraine’s democracy.”

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has not given up on the trade pact at the centre of the dispute and says discussions will continue.

Meanwhile Ukraine’s president is to visit China as planned despite the turmoil back home.

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