Regions Party calls for peaceful settlement of crisis
The Regions Party has called for the peaceful settlement of the political conflict and urged the opposition to abandon the use of violence, not to provoke aggression or violence, to participate in a nationwide dialogue, and to remember their responsibility for the European future of Ukraine, according to a statement released by the party's press service on Monday.
"The Party of Regions considers criminal and immoral the actions of the opposition, which organized the riots on Hrushevskoho Street and on European Square. The particular cynicism of opposition representatives is that they arranged their unbridled Sabbath on January 19 - Epiphany - one of the main Orthodox holidays," reads the statement.
"After hearing their leaders at another people's assembly and receiving an exorbitant supply of aggression, participants in the so-called peaceful assembly were clearly filled with the 'revolutionary' determination to maim someone - armed with batons, chains and stones, they moved to storm the government quarter. It's hard to convey in words the chaos into which European Square and Hrushevskoho Street plunged for several hours. Opposition extremists used tear gas, metal bars, chains, batons, and stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at law enforcement officers," the party said.
The statement notes that as a result of riots dozens of law enforcement officers sustained various injuries, and six official vehicles were completely burnt out.
"No matter how the Maidan militants tried to hide their faces with masks and helmets, the whole of Ukraine and the whole world saw the true face of the so-called peaceful civil protests – the savage grin of extremism disfigured by irrepressible rage and hatred. It's no accident that the international assessment of the events was unanimous and categorical – the U.S. and the EU demanded [that the protesters] refrain from violence and called for political dialogue," reads the statement.
The Party of Regions also thanked law enforcement officers who were on duty on Hrushevskoho Street.