Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the use of violence by Ukrainian authorities against peaceful demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine:
“It is appalling that Ukrainian authorities have chosen to use violence and oppression against peaceful demonstrators in Maidan Square in Kiev. Such despicable conduct violates the most basic universal rights – especially the freedom to speak and associate – that are owed to all people.
“If Ukraine's government thinks that brute force and the politics of fear can see it through the current crisis, it is woefully mistaken. More and more Ukrainians are showing that they are no longer afraid. Those brave men and women should know that they are not alone. Their friends across the world stand in solidarity with them. We will keep the world's attention on Ukraine's struggle for freedom, justice, and opportunity, and we will demand consequences for any crimes perpetrated against Ukrainians who are peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.”