On 29 January in Brussels, in response to the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine, the European Union's (EU) Foreign Affairs Council convened for an extraordinary meeting.
"We express our concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. We condemn the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on 24 January 2015.
On Tuesday, January 20, a quadripartite memorandum was signed by public administration, NGOs, law enforcement institutions and anti-corruption bodies on drafting a legal framework (draft law) in order to implement, through close cross-sectoral cooperation, a legal protection mechanism for whistle-blowers.
Latvia conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian people over the shelling of residential areas in Mariupol on 24 January that resulted in the tragic death of at least ten civilians. Latvia strongly condemns this act of violence.