|EU puts Maidan uprising on agenda, Berlin points finger at regime for bloody Kiev battlefield
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has summoned the bloc's foreign ministers for emergency talks on Ukraine tomorrow.
“Ashton convened an extraordinary FAC (Foreign Affairs Council) on Ukraine tomorrow at 2 pm [local time] in Brussels,'' her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Twitter.
Germany blamed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to enter serious dialogue for the escalation of deadly violence.
“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, AFP reports.
“His refusal to hold serious talks about a peaceful conflict resolution and constitutional reform is a big mistake.''
Protesters in Maidan, or city square, braced for another 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.’’
As the EU prepared to convene, President Yanukovych announced a national “day of mourning'' after at least 26 people were killed in clashes in Kiev.
Yanukovych signed a decree announcing the mourning “in connection with the loss of life caused by the mass disorder,’’ his office said in a statement.