Transcript for Deadly Protests in Kiev, as Clashes Between Police and Anti-Government Erupt in Ukraine
Thanks to David Kerley tonight. Overseas to the fire and protest raging on Russian shall's boor step and Vladimir Putin trying to put on a smiling face. Hamish Macdonald tonight in the Ukraine tonight. Reporter: Kiev is burning tonight, flaming tires, fireworks and stench of tear gas. Security forces pushed their way into central kiev to drive out protesters. Opposition leader Vitali klitchko, once a world champion boxer, tonight in the fight of his life. He's calling the heart of this city an island of freedom. Today, it was sea of anger. Demonstrators armed themselves with bricks and clashed with columns of police backed by water cannon. They claimed advantage on roof tops and beat the men in uniform. Sometimes we saw mercy. Sometimes brute force. And on both sides, they suffered casualties. At least 13 are dead. We witnessed just weeks ago disciplined, determined uprising. These fortifications are pretty impressive. These barriers going up in the last couple days and they are still reinforcing it, sandbags packed with ice. The frontline has moved now but it's clear they were ready. These are their home made shields and through here, a wall of tires ready for them to set alight if the police over there attack. This is a giant but divided country. Hardened protestors want to side with Europe. Their president wants to side with Putin. Violence here reveals America and Russia squaring off on opposite sides. Inflaming old and bitter divisions. This is now a test of will between Russia and the west. It was always thought that Moscow urge restraint during the olympics but make no mistake, Diane, Putin is not backing down. He is working behind the scenes as he attends the olympic games.
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