CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in the nation of Ukraine. Dozens of people have been killed or injured in ongoing violence that broke out after what had initially been non-violent demonstrations in support of free speech and democracy:
“I join freedom-loving people across the globe in condemning the use of excessive and aggressive force against what began as a peaceful exercise of free speech and democracy.
“We salute the peaceful, pro-democracy movement in Ukraine and urge demonstrators to refrain from violence. We join the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (Illinois Division), President Obama and Vice President Biden, the U.S. Congress, three past Ukrainian Presidents, and freedom-loving people everywhere in condemning brutality and supporting the people of Ukraine.
“For 130 years, Ukrainians have played a significant role here in the Land of Lincoln. There are at least 50,000 Ukrainian-Americans living in Illinois, and to those with family and friends in Ukraine, we extend a hand of sympathy during these tumultuous times. Glory to Ukraine!”