The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has voiced its firs reaction to protests in Kazakhstan. The Ukrainian side condemns the violence and calls for de-escalation, the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is closely monitoring the development of the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan. We condemn the violence that has erupted in a number of Kazakh cities and resulted in numerous casualties. We express our condolences in connection with the death of Kazakhstanis, with whom Ukrainians have long-standing ties of friendship and mutual respect," the statement reads.
The agency noted that at a critical time for the people of Kazakhstan it is important to take maximum measures to de-escalate the situation and refrain from further violence, ensure respect for human rights, ensure the restoration of critical infrastructure and communication systems.
In addition, the Ukrainian side took into account the deployment of CSTO troops in Kazakhstan.
"Foreign troops must respect the independence, sovereignty, and national legislation of Kazakhstan and international law, and their stay must not go beyond the declared limited period," the statement reads.
As it was reported, the unrest in Kazakhstan began against the background of rising gas prices; clashes with security forces, seizure of office buildings, and looting began in the cities.
By January 4, protests had spread across the country. Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in several major cities, including Almaty. Kazakhstan has declared a critical level of the terrorist threat.
The authorities have not yet provided exact data on the number of dead; it is known that three children are among the dead.
At the same time, almost 400 people were injured by the military.
On January 10, Tokayev said that the anti-terrorist operation in the country will end soon.