Sunday, 8 December 2013
Klitschko, Saakashvili, Filat discuss situation in Ukraine in Kyiv
Vitali Klitschko, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion and leader of the Ukrainian opposition party UDAR, discussed the situation in Ukraine with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat over a cup of coffee at a cafe on Independence Square in Kyiv. Saakashvili and Filat, who are leading parties that are members of the European People's Party (EPP), expressed their support for the Ukrainian people's aspirations for European integration and peaceful defense of their rights, the UDAR press service reported. "What is happening in Ukraine today is a political hostile takeover of a sovereign state in the center of Europe by Russia. We don't interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs, but everyone understands that Ukraine has no other way but go to Europe, because this is a choice of principles and values. Therefore, everyone today is worried about Ukraine and wants to help it," Saakashvili said. Saakashvili, Filat and other EPP members will give a news conference and speak from the stage of the opposition demonstration on Independence Square in Kyiv later on Saturday.