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Aylesbury MP at centre of global response to Ukraine bloodshed

David Lidington meets Ukrainian boxer and politician Vitali Klitschko last year

David Lidington meets Ukrainian boxer and politician Vitali Klitschko last year

 

Aylesbury MP David Lidington is at the centre of the British response to the terrible violence in Ukraine which has made headlines around the world.

The Minister for Europe is calling for the Ukrainian government to bring an end to the violence after more clashes between police and protestors yesterday – the bloodiest day so far.

At least 75 people were killed on Thursday and shots continue to be fired this morning in the capital’s Independence Square where the protestors are confronting the Government.

Mr Lidington has been widely quoted in the national and international media since the crisis began.

On Thursday he summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to the Foreign Office to demand a quick resolution to the violence and described the situation as ‘appalling’.

He said the message from Britain is ‘straightforward’.

“We should be helping Ukrainians to find a peaceful outcome. Further blood shed will help nobody.

“What the Ukrainian government should be doing is to urgently open an investigation into who is responsible for the shootings, hold them to account and bring them to trial.

“But the chief responsibility lies with the Government. They are in charge. What is really needed is to bring an end to the violence.”

In April 2013 Mr Lidington met with Ukrainian opposition leader and former boxer Vitali Klitschko, who has been a leading voice for protestors during the latest violence.

At the time Mr Lidington said: “I certainly could see him as a leader. He’s an impressive man, physically and politically.

“He said he regarded strong anti-corruption measures as essential. He wants an end to the oppression of political opponents and wants Ukraine to move in more Euro-Atlantic direction.”

 

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