NATO condemns 'excessive force' in Ukraine

People sing the national anthem as they attend a rally held by supporters of EU integration near the presidential administration building in Kiev. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
People sing the national anthem as they attend a rally held by supporters of EU integration near the presidential administration building in Kiev. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
NATO foreign ministers have condemned the use of "excessive force" against protesters in Ukraine and urged all sides to refrain from provoking further clashes.

"We urge Ukraine...to fully abide by its international commitments and to uphold the freedom of expression and assembly. We urge the government and the opposition to engage in dialogue and launch a reform process," NATO allies said in a statement during a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.

Ukrainian police used batons and stun grenades over the weekend to break up pro-Europe protests after President Viktor Yanukovich failed to sign a landmark European Union integration agreement on Friday.

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