Later Reuters reported dead on both sides, that is the activists and the Ukrainian security forces. At least five people have allegedly sustained injuries.
The U.S. and its western allies blame Russia for inciting violence, or even having more direct involvement. Russia claims the violence shows that the new Ukrainian government is incapable of running the country and ensuring the safety of citizens.
There will be lies and spin on all sides.
On Thursday talks between the U.S.A., the Ukraine, Russia and E.U. leaders will be held in Geneva. That is the plan, but if events escalate in the Ukraine the talks may never be held.
The U.S. is surely an outsider in the talks? The E.U., Russia and the Ukraine are all logistically close. But is the U.S. needed as balance for superpower Russia?
Resolving the crisis diplomatically is increasingly difficult. Germany and other E.U. countries facing their own economic crisis will not want to add to their own economic woes.
The Ukraine is all but bankrupt. The U.S. wants the E.U. to throw more money at the crisis hit country but Europeans may not be so keen. This weekend Rome and Paris experienced violent protests. The upcoming European elections are expected to see various far-right politicians winning seats.
Although the U.S. has committed to a $1billion loan to the Ukraine no money has arrived and the country's debts continue to climb.