Feb. 18 - Ukrainian opposition leader urges president to take riot police off streets of Kiev after clashes with protesters near parliament. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, responding to clashes between police and protesters near parliament, on Tuesday (February 18) urged President Viktor Yanukovich to take riot police off the streets to cool things down. Klitschko said he was appealing appealing to the president of Ukraine who he said bore all responsibility and had all power in the country now. Clashes broke out on Tuesday when protesters confronted police about 100 metres from parliament. Protesters torched three police trucks with petrol bombs but were forced back by police firing rubber bullets, and stun and smoke grenades. Yanukovich is contending with an opposition-led street revolt after he walked away from a trade pact with the European Union in November and opted instead for forging closer economic ties with Russia, Ukraine's former Soviet master. The revolt has spiralled into countrywide protests at perceived sleaze and corruption in the Yanukovich administration and is now in its third month.