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France summons Ukraine envoy over protest response

  • Protesters warm themselves behind the barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

PARIS: France summoned the Ukrainian ambassador Friday to voice its "condemnation" of the government's response to protests in the capital, Kiev, saying security forces had been ordered to open fire on demonstrators.

"I instructed the Quai d'Orsay (foreign ministry) to summon the Ukrainian ambassador in France today, which is a gesture to show that there is condemnation on France's part," said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "There were orders to fire on the crowd, which is clearly unacceptable."

Five activists have been killed in several days of violence in Ukraine.

 
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