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NATO condemns use of excessive force against protesters

NATO Foreign Ministers have condemned the use of excessive force against pro-European protesters in Ukraine after a meeting in Brussels.

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Ukraine to listen to the voices of its people.

Nkiruka Ezeibe reports that Ukraine Prime Minister has earlier apologized in parliament for the use of police force against protesters.

Mass protests were sparked by the government’s decision not to sign an association deal with the EU last week.

Thousands demonstrated outside the parliament building in Kiev on Tuesday, with protests in the city once again continuing.

US secretary of state told newsmen they have urged all sides to conduct themselves peacefully, Adding that Violence has no place in a modern European state, also ministers have said they urged Ukraine to fully abide by its international commitments and to uphold the freedom of expression and assembly.

Meanwhile, Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mr. Azarov and President Viktor Yanukovych, and have called for a general strike.

Protesters wearing masks and helmets are pushing against police lines in front of the presidential building.

The protests began just over a week ago after a halt was ordered to preparations to sign a deal on closer integration with the EU.

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