President Viktor Yanukovych says Ukraine remains committed to European integration, but will not tolerate any meddling in its affairs.
Speaking on August 24 at a ceremony marking Ukraine's Independence Day, Yanukovych said integration should not take place "at the expense of losing independence."
He warned against forces that he said seek to "politically capitalize on Ukrainian society's problems."
Jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also addressed Ukrainians on August 24, calling on the nation to vote against Yanukovych and his allies in the October parliamentary elections.
In a statement, Tymoshenko described the upcoming poll as a standoff between "reasonable people" and "absolute evil."
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS