Ukraine: Swoboda demands targeted sanctions against perpetrators of violence

Ukraine: Swoboda demands targeted sanctions against perpetrators of violence

While Kiev is engulfed in violence, with reports of dozens dead and unconfirmed rumours that a state of emergency is about to be declared, the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents unanimously decided to send an urgent delegation of MEPs to Ukraine. The mandate for the European Parliament delegation will be to assess the situation in the country and encourage all sides to take up talks to find an immediate, peaceful solution.
 
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, said:
 
"The last few hours in Kiev and around the country have brought dramatic and disturbing news of targeted killings of protesters in broad daylight. We fully support those in the police and security forces who are laying down their arms to join the peaceful protests against an increasingly irresponsible regime.
 
"The escalating levels of violence in Ukraine over the past few days have to be answered from the EU with determined sanctions, including visa-bans and asset freezes. These sanctions have to be targeted directly at the perpetrators of the violence, not as a symbolic gesture from the EU but as a direct response to the actions of the interior ministry, police and security forces.
 
"We continue to support a roadmap to free and fair elections in Ukraine, to ensure the full independence and the integrity of the country."