WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it is "appalled" by signs of torture against Ukrainian protest leader Dmytro Bulatov, who recently surfaced after eight days in captivity. Spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration is concerned by increasing reports of protesters disappearing and being beaten and tortured, and by attacks on journalists. Carney also says it's "especially concerning" that some of the reports suggest that Ukrainian security forces have been involved.
Carney urged the government of Ukraine to investigate the crimes and hold those responsible accountable. Carney reiterated that a political solution is the only way to end months of conflict between the Ukrainian government and its people. Months of protests began after President Victor Yanukovych backed out of an agreement to deepen ties with the European Union in favor of Russia.