Ukrainian Prime Minister Apologizes For Crackdown on Protesters

More than 300,000 people attended a rally on Sunday


Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has apologised for a violent police crackdown on protesters in Kiev on Saturday.

The police action drew strong criticism from the West and led to an even bigger rally attended by more than 300,000 people on Sunday.

"On behalf of our government, I would like to apologise for the actions of our law enforcement authorities on Maidan (Independence Square)," Mr Azarov told an emergency parliament session as he urged politicians not to repeat the 2004 Orange Revolution that overthrew the country's leadership.