Picture of the day: Independence square in Kiev before and after the uprising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The White House urged the Ukrainian president to withdraw security forces and the army from Kiev and respect the rights of citizens to peaceful protest. The notice issued by U.S. presidential spokesperson urging Viktor Yanukovych to start negotiations with the opposition of a peaceful settlement of the crisis.

EU foreign ministers in Brussels agreed to introduce visa ban and assets freeze on Ukrainian officials responsible for the massacre in Ukraine reporting BBC.

Vladimir Putin sends a mediator to Kiev to promote dialogue between the Ukrainian government and the opposition announced Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Thursday.

The request has come from Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said the spokesperson.

The presidential spokesman has also said that mediator Vladimir Lukin has great diplomatic experience and he is a distinguish human rights activist a former leader of a leading opposition party.

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