Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the situation in Ukraine:
“Americans are troubled by the turmoil and violence in Ukraine, and we are deeply concerned by the Ukrainian government’s willingness to use disproportionate force against its citizens. In recent days, the situation has become increasingly volatile and unstable, and countries around the world have strongly urged a peaceful resolution.
“The agreement signed today between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders is a critical first step towards ending the bloodshed and starting the process of meaningful political reform. The right of protestors to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances is at the core of any democracy, and the Ukrainian people deserve to be heard at the ballot box, not just the barricade.
“Ukrainians need a nation with both political and economic opportunity for its citizens. As their nation emerges from the present crisis, economic growth and development will be essential to achieving a future of peace and prosperity for the Ukrainian people.”