(QHA) -

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called on opposition leaders to disassociate themselves from the radical forces that provoke bloodshed and clashes with law enforcement officers.

"The duty of the guarantor of the Constitution is to ensure peace in the country and the calm of citizens" reads the President's address released by the presidential press service on Wednesday morning, according to Ukrinform.

"I again urge the opposition leaders, who convince us that they also seek peaceful settlement, to immediately disassociate themselves from the radical forces that provoke bloodshed and clashes with law enforcement agencies. If they do not want to disassociate themselves [from the radicals], they have to recognize that they support the radicals, and then there will be a different conversation with them," - reads the address.

Yanukovych stressed that the opposition had exceeded all the bounds.

"They exceeded all bounds when they called on people to take arms. This is a blatant violation of the law. Criminals have to stand trial, and the courts will determine punishment for them. It's not my whim, it's my responsibility as the guarantor of the Constitution - to ensure peace in the country, the calm of citizens and justice for everyone," reads the address.

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