Feb. 19 - Violence and chaos lingers overnight in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police continue. Julie Noce reports.
The Ukrainian capital of Kiev is burning overnight Wednesday as clashes erupt between anti-government protesters and police. Smoke and flames billowed from the trade union building which was being used as an anti-government headquarters. People could be seen climbing on the side the building as jets of water sprayed onto the fire. Earlier in the night, protesters stormed the Ukrainian Interior Ministry building- smashing windows and throwing furniture. The violence began Tuesday as police stormed Independence Square, the center of three months of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich. Demonstrators tried to stand their ground throwing molotov cocktails and fireworks at police. At least 14 demonstrators and seven police officers were killed. Late night talks broke down between opposition leader Vitali Klitschko and President Yanukovich leaving little hope for a respite from the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALI KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "I am very unhappy because it was no discussion and the President doesn't want to listen to the opposition. They don't want to listen, it's just one way and the opposition and all protesters have to stop protests, have to stop demonstration he said. But right now it's very important to make a break and not fight any more. Thank you." Western leaders have urged the government to bring an end to the violence immediately.