Ukraine's Yanukovich appeals for 'a bad peace not a good war'

KIEV Mon Dec 2, 2013 11:42am EST

A protester waves an Ukrainian flag as protesters gather near barricades at Independence Square in Kiev December 2, 2013. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A protester waves an Ukrainian flag as protesters gather near barricades at Independence Square in Kiev December 2, 2013.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called on Monday for only peaceful rallies and appealed to both protesters and police alike to observe the law, his website reported him as saying in a television interview.

"Any bad peace is better than a good war", it quoted him as saying in his first comments on mass unrest over the weekend, following his U-turn policy away from Europe towards Russia.

"Everyone must observe the laws of our state," he said.

Separately, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying that the political opposition had the "illusion" that it could overthrow the existing order.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, writig by Thomas Grove, Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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Comments (2)
Mylena wrote:
I will ask this man, if this not a bad peace treat, the whole folks going around the world just trying to get away of his governmewnt? that is what he wants. For example south America, mostly Argentina is plenty of Ukranian like him, but, they want peace anyways!!!!

Dec 02, 2013 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:
I will ask this man, if this not a bad peace treat, the whole folks going around the world just trying to get away of his governmewnt? that is what he wants. For example south America, mostly Argentina is plenty of Ukranian like him, but, they want peace anyways!!!!

Dec 02, 2013 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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