Feb. 19 - The U.S., France and Germany form united front in condemning violence in Ukraine ahead of EU meeting to consider sanctions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Reinforcements move-in in Ukraine, amid a tense standoff between the government and demonstrators battling for the country's future. At least 26 people have been killed in the violence with the West offering condemnation and threatening sanctions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence that is taking place there." The U.S. is forming a united front with other Western powers with French President Francois Hollande offering his condemnation. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Unqualifiable, unacceptable, intolerable deeds are happening in Ukraine: violence, brutality, repression. And the chancellor and myself have condemned all these deeds and the repression coming from the government." German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for dialogue. (SOUNDBITE) (German) ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR, SAYING: "The images we have been receiving from Ukraine since yesterday are shocking images. And we stand by the side of the men and women who suffer from violence on Maidan square and elsewhere. We stand by the side of all the victims of violence, and we are issuing a call for, and we will do everything we can so that a political dialogue can be started anew." An emergency EU meeting has been called for Thursday to decide on sanctions. Protesters have been occupying central Kiev for almost three months since President Viktor Yanukovich spurned a trade deal with the EU in favor of a bailout from Russia.