Department of State

US Concerned About "a Pattern of Targeted Violence" Against Activists in Ukraine

Assault of journalist Tetiana Chornovol cited

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The U.S. State Department is expressing concern over what it calls "a pattern of targeted violence" against opposition activists in Ukraine, where thousands of protesters have been staging demonstrations against the government's efforts at closer ties with Russia.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. finds the December 25 beating of journalist Tetiana Chornovol "particularly disturbing," and called on Ukraine to ensure respect for human rights, including freedom of expression and assembly.