WATCH: Obama Condemns Ukraine Violence, Expects Gov't to 'Show Restraint'
President Obama spoke this afternoon from Mexico as violent protests continue in Kiev, Ukraine against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych. Obama said the U.S. "condemns in the strongest possible terms" the violence that has taken place and is "deeply engaged" with both sides and its European allies to bring the violence to an end.
"The United States will continue to engage with all sides in the dispute in Ukraine, and ultimately our interest is to make sure the Ukrainian people can express their own desires, and we believe that a large majority of Ukrainians are interested in an integration with Europe and the commerce and cultural exchanges that are possible for them to expand opportunity and prosperity," he said.
"I want to be very clear as we work through these next several days in Ukraine that we're going to be watching carefully, and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters. We've said that we also expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful, and we'll be monitoring very carefully the situation, recognizing that with our European partners and the international community, there will be consequences if people step over the line."
At least 26 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the clashes between police and protesters. Read more on the story at FoxNews.com.
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