“The seriousness of the current upheaval in Kiev places Ukrainians in a dramatic situation of unacceptable violence that we must, as Europeans, most firmly condemn. It is with deepest concern that the concrete risk of civil war, at the threshold of the European Union, must be considered and eliminated. I join my European colleagues in reiterating our appeal to the Ukraine authorities to cease its violent, indiscriminate and disproportionate reactions to the popular protests, which must be allowed to be held peacefully and within the law. Abuses against the civilian population can no longer be tolerated, nor can the incitement of extremist or violent factions. Although the margin for negotiation between the government and opposition groups appears slimmer than ever in recent hours, there is no true alternative to the resumption of dialogue. If the violence continues, we cannot rule out recourse to exceptional restrictive measures”.