The deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital have drawn sharp international reactions, AP reports.
Jose Manuel Barroso, the EU Commission president, expressed "shock and utter dismay" at the violence in Kiev, blamed Ukraine's "political leadership" and predicted the 28-nation EU will impose sanctions as a result.
President Francois Hollande expressed "deep indignation" at the violence in Ukraine during a meeting of the French Cabinet on Wednesday.
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden called Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych, to express "grave concern" and to request the pullback of government forces and the exercise of maximum restraint.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock at the "unacceptable" violence and called for "the immediate renewal of genuine dialogue leading to rapid results".
Meanwhile Russian Foreign Ministry blamed the West for the escalation of violence and called on the Ukrainian opposition to work with the government to find an exit from the crisis.
"What is happening is a direct result of the conniving politics of Western politicians and European bodies," the ministry said in a statement. It described the protests across Ukraine as "an attempted coup d'etat" and said that Russia "demands that the leaders of the 'square' end the bloodshed in their country", apparently referring to the Independence Square protest hub.
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