Feb. 18 - The White House says it is ''appalled'' by violence in the streets of Ukraine and calls on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to ''deescalate immediately the situation and end the confrontation.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States is appalled by the violence in Kiev and urges Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to restart a dialogue with opposition leaders, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday. "We continue to condemn street violence and excessive use of force by either side. Force will not resolve the crisis," Carney told a briefing. "To restore peace and stability, we urge President Yanukovich to deescalate immediately the situation and end the confrontation" with protesters, he said. "We also urge him to restart a dialogue with opposition leaders today." The comments from the White House come as nine people died in Ukraine on Tuesday in the worst day of violence since demonstrations erupted against President Viktor Yanukovich four months ago. Protesters hurled petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at riot police on the edge of Kiev's Independence Square. Nationwide protests against Yanukovich erupted in November after he bowed to Russian pressure and pulled out of a planned far-reaching trade agreement with the European Union, deciding instead to accept a Kremlin bailout for the former Soviet republic's heavily indebted economy.