Deadly Ukraine Protests Leave Dozens Dead

ABC News' Hamish Macdonald reports that pro-Western protesters are standing firm in Kiev.
3:00 | 02/19/14

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America's -- Good morning I'm John -- And I'm -- Gonzales in for Diana -- we begin with a deadly turning Ukraine the government cracking down on pro western protesters. More than two dozen people now are dead this is happening right in the shadow of Sochi where president Russian. That is Vladimir -- hopes to project its power and gives Central Square this morning protesters are standing -- Future of their calls is -- -- ABC's -- McDonald joins us live by phone from Moscow. -- -- -- -- there just weeks ago are you surprised at all by this new wave of violence. I think yeah. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- How much -- How much violence has been used in the lots will be proud into the deadliest each of protests in -- like option at least 25 people dead that we know. That's on both sides police security forces as well as the protestors. Continue to work come -- in the period -- street -- But certainly things have stocked up there over the life. The protected they want -- future. Europe and the way the bad -- bad economy that come along we've got that I didn't want closer ties not emit pollutants about -- loggerheads over the keys issues. And of course it is all happening all -- into -- in the midst of the Olympic Games he has -- uprising. Essentially on its -- -- in the backyard. Yeah absolutely the eyes of the world on this region now at the Olympics there is there any kind of quick end in sight to this do you think there's going to be a big protracted battle. Unlikely that -- will be your don't quickly because the president had that Russia is it -- country just to it eased. On the other hand the protected and the key opposition leaders have been supported Europe and the -- It's really pay it keeps the to be -- -- -- the biggest college in the world America and Europe boats into. On these key battleground. -- -- And what happened he would -- towards who has control of these giant country at the heart of Europe it is effectively to buckle between -- start. -- -- Let amid continued showing no signs of backing down. The projected -- showing no signs of backing down our debt. It is unlikely that these land peacefully at this point even what is the united allot 24 out. There is not just like in Kiev and the -- you -- over the next. Right -- McDonald live on the situation in Ukraine thank you so much.

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