Deadliest Day of Fighting in the Ukraine and America's Plan

As the death toll rises and the wounded are carried through the streets all eyes are on the White House.
3:00 | 02/20/14

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As we come on the air, a country in flames has the United States and Russia once again, looking across a divide. The cold war, now a deadly tug of war. And these images of the faces of ukranian people caught in the middle, at least 70 people killed and counting. A duel between protesters who say they want western freedom and forcing the alliance with Russia. Tonight inside the white house, president Obama and his team have to decide whether to take action. So, let's start now with Alex marqardt on the ground in kiev tonight. Good evening, Alex. The battle lines have been drawn, the future of more than just one country. Reporter: It is a bloody battlefield. Everywhere we went evidence of the horror. The people telling us they are willing to die for their rights, for the freedom they crave, freedoms America enjoys. Basic rules of all what you have and all what you were fighting for 200 years ago. We are fighting for this today. Reporter: At midnight last night a truce was announced, a glimmer of hope. But by 9:30 A.M., all hopes were dashed by the sounds of this. Gun battles raging in the center of this city. Just a three-hour flight from London. From our hotel window we could see the deadly work of snipers, on both sides, coldly picking off their opponents one by one. By one. Bullets then flew into our hotel window. I was just sitting over there on that side of the room, working on my laptop, when there was a loud bang, the glass shattered everywhere. These bullet holes were in the wall. The death toll climbing the lobby of our hotel transformed from this, into this. A bloody field hospital. Check-in desks, carpets now used by medics fighting to save lives of the people. Are you surprised at the level of violence? Yes, I'm terrified of that. I don't know, it's something terrible. Reporter: Ukraine sits at a crossroads, once part of the soviet union, today it is the frontline between Putin's Russia to the east and the pull of Europe and America to the west. Demonstrators want the freedoms of the west. Their president, accused of corruption and abuses, wants the protection of Putin. The day's victims were carried carried through crowds through crowds of weeping mourners who chanted "Heroes." Lots of emotion, lots of tears here in this crowd as the protestors stop for a moment of silence to remember those who were killed today. But tonight, despite the bloodshed, galvanizing symbols. And a Ukrainian skier in sochi saying she would not compete as her people die. Diane, word late tonight, readying a pack of sanctions, those sanctions will target special individuals the white house believes are responsible. Those sanctions could be in place as early as tonight. Diane. Joining forces with europeans on possible sanctions. Thank you so much, Alex, on the ground for us in Ukraine.

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