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Stand-off with Ukrainian protestors spiraling out of control
UKRAINE (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A stand-off in Ukraine between police and anti-government protesters is spiraling out of control.
At least 25 people died and hundreds more are injured from clashes in Kiev.
It's another day of violence after overnight talks between protestors and the government failed to end the fighting.
Security forces raided the protestors' campsite Tuesday.
The two sides clashed violently over the future of Ukraine.
"This is a direct consequence of U.S.-Russian relations both competing for a sphere of influence and souring in terms of relations," said CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela Falk.
The protest began in November when Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych rejected a plan to work with the European Union in favor of a $15-billion bailout from Russia.
The State Department has been closely monitoring the situation. Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden called Ukraine's President, urging him to find a way to end the violence.
"We continue to condemn street violence and excessive use of force by either side. Force will not resolve the crisis," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
But Wednesday morning, President Yanukovych said the protestors were wrong to take up arms.
Opposition leaders say they will continue to defend their base in Independence Square.