Over 2 Dozen Killed in Deadly Ukraine Protests

U.S. government urges the president to stop the violence.
3:00 | 02/19/14

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We'll get the latest on the violence in Ukraine. You see the flames burning through the night as government forces crack down on protesters in kiev, central square. More than two dozen killed. The U.S. Government pressuring Ukraine's president to stop the violence and ABC's terry Moran is on the scene right now. Good morning, terry. Reporter: Good morning, George. It's been a dark and ominous morning here in Ukraine as you see in the picture of that square, there was a pitched and bloody battle last night. The death toll now 26. Ten police officers killed and once again the smoke rising from this struggle. The whole city here feels locked down. We've been through several military and police checkpoints as the government tries to maintain power over a nation and a situation that is spiraling out of control. Smoke rises this morning from a city on the brink. Police have moved in on protesters and this is now a battle for the heart of kiev. It is also a fight for the future of Ukraine. The demonstrations began nearly three months ago after the president of this former soviet republic chose to build stronger ties with Russia instead of the european union. The U.S. And Europe have sought greater influence here since Ukraine left the soviet union more than 0 years ago. Overnight, anger was claiming the streets here. With bricks and molotov cocktails, the protesters sent a message to their president. They want a future with Europe and are against the new Russian alignment. At least 25 people have been killed in the last 24 hours alone. Hundreds more are in the hospital. The president is blaming the protesters, the west is blaming him. This uprising pits America and Europe on one side against a resurgent Russia all want influence here. There is foreboding in this city today. People bracing for another long night of violence. The problem despite all the pressure on the government to negotiate is that blood will demand blood here.

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