EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visited Maidan Nezalezhnosti Wednesday to talk to demonstrators and public activists.
They suggested that Ashton consider imposing sanctions against Ukrainian officials. On Tuesday, Ashton met with President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders. She deplored the use of force by Ukrainian authorities against demonstrators. "Authorities did not need to act under the coverage of night to engage with society by using force," Ashton said in a statement. Dialogue with political forces and society and the use of arguments is always better than the argument of force. I am still in Kyiv. I was impressed by your determination demonstrating for the European perspective of Ukraine," Ashton said. She said she was "saddened that police used force to remove peaceful people". She stated her intention to meet with President Yanukovych again.