19 February 2014
Sergey Bubka, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Olympic Champion and Hero of Ukraine, calls on both parties of the political conflict in Ukraine to lay down their weapons and stop the violence that has created victims among both civilians and police on Tuesday in Kyiv.
'I'm shocked by what is happening in my native country - especially because the violence is taking place during the Olympic Games - the world’s most peaceful and democratic event.
Deep condolences to all victims in Ukraine...
I appeal to all parties involved in the events and was pleased to see negotiations begin. I am once again urging all parties to stop the violence! There is no 'their' Ukraine, or 'your' Ukraine. It is OUR Ukraine. For the sake of the future of our kids let's do everything possible to get back to negotiations and make a compromise.
I am now in Sochi and I know that our Olympic athletes who compete for the glory of Ukraine fully support me.
I'm ready to do everything I can to help the peaceful process because I love my country and our people and believe in our future, together.
There is still a chance for a peaceful solution. Let's start with Olympic Truce right now, for the sake of our future. Let's not lose this opportunity!'