Ukraine Violence Rises As Ultimatum Nears End

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Ukrainian protesters and police clash as demonstrators demand that President Yanukovych call early elections or face even more demonstrations. (Jan. 23)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 23 January, 2014

1. Wide: Protesters launching fireworks at police from behind burning barricade

2. Mid: Demonstrators throwing tires onto flaming barricade, fireworks launch in background

3. Close: Burning tires

4. Mid: Demonstrators protecting themselves with shields, barricade burns in background

5. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) No name given, protester: (see transcript)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 30 November, 2013

6. Mid: Demonstrators shout "shamel" outside the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monestary

7. Wide: Demonstrators outside the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monestary

8. Mid: Demonstrators shout "Kievl" outside the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monestary

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Kiev, Ukraine - 23 January, 2014

9. Mid: Pan of protesters running past burning barricade carrying large wooden catapult

10. Wide: Protesters standing behind burning barricade

11. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) No name given, protester: (see transcript)

Washington - 22 January, 2014

12. Wide: Marie Harf, US State Dept. Deputy Spokesperson walks to podium

13. Mid: Reporter asking a question to Harf

14.SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Harf, US State Department Deputy Press spokesperson: (see transcript)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 23 January, 2014

15. Wide: Crowd of protesters standing behind burning barricade, in background spray from a hose being used to douse fires

16. Wide: Demonstrators standing around fire

17. Mid: Demonstrators building a barricade out of tires in the snow

18. Mid: Low angle of demonstrators building barricade

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

PROTESTERS AND POLICE IN KIEV CLASH THROUGH THE NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

THIS IS AFTER THE UKRANIAN OPPOSITION GAVE PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH AN ULTIMATUM ON WEDNESDAY -SAYING GET OUT OR FACE MORE RAGE.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) No name given, protester:

"The first thing we ask for is for Yanukovych to go away, or even better to castrate him like a cat. And second, when the new government comes into power, we are going to force it to answer for its decisions and its inaction."

PROTESTS BEGAN IN NOVEMBER, WITH DEMONSTRATORS ANGRY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AS WELL AS THE UKRAINE GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO SHUN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND BOOST TIES TO MOSCOW.

HARSHER ANTI-PROTEST LAWS WERE ENFORCED LAST WEEK AND TWO PROTESTERS WERE KILLED IN CONFRONTATIONS WITH POLICE ON WEDNESDAY.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) No name given, protester:

"We are building the barricades to protect the people who are holding a non-violent protest. The special forces are being too extreme against peaceful citizens."

THE U.S. IS REVOKING THE VISAS OF UKRANIAN OFFICIALS AND PLANS TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS

SOUNDBITE (English) Marie Harf, US State Department Deputy Press spokesperson:

"I don't have more details on what those sanctions might look like, but we will continue to consider additional steps, as I said, including sanctions, in response to the use of violence. We urge, continue to urge President Yanukovych and his government to protect the democratic rights of all Ukrainians, including the rights of peaceful protest, and if we have to take additional steps, we will."

THE OPPOSITION WANTS PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCH DISMISS THE GOVERNMENT, CALL FOR EARLY ELECTIONS AND SCRAP HARSH ANTI-PROTEST LAWS.

BUT SO FAR, YANUKOVYCH IS SHOWING LITTLE WILLINGES - HANDING GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES EVEN MORE POWERS AGAINST PROTESTERS.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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