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transit route. to the heart of moscow. scenes of chaos in kiev the number of dead is rising with over twenty people reportedly killed as rioters clash with the police on the streets of the ukrainian capital. videos and pictures emerging of protesters attacking security forces with guns explosives and molotov cocktails. and in the meantime a western officials are lining up to condemn the violence now threatening sanctions against the ukrainian government.
it is a busy day for news from all around the world thanks for joining us here on our national. the number of dead is rising in ukraine as a new wave of unrest spirals out of control these are live pictures on our international straight from central kiev reports say at least twenty two of being killed on both sides with rioters clashing with police on the streets of the capital now officials have confirmed eighteen deaths seven of them policeman who died from gunshot wounds and is in the ukrainian capital for us. if you want to see what hell on earth looks like you just look at kiev's independence square right now it looks like a boiling pot over there with the independence square burning time is wood planks and everything the protesters had in store they lit on fire it's burning it's been burning overnight moreover behind this cloud of black smoke over there is. the building which is fully being the trade union headquarters in kiev now it was for
the past two months it was the revolution had quarter with the opposition parties having representation there it's almost completely burned down and now there's information that the stories of the building are collapsing so the building may go down any minute so obviously this is a very serious here we haven't seen any actual attempts by the police brutal and violent attempts by the police to disperse the protesters although flash bangs and different sorts of project hours are exploding even as i speak right now the protesters are hurling most of cocktails and rocks back at the police they are in defiant mood as unwilling to leave the square even after this speech by president yet a coach who is calling for a sort of compromise who is calling the sides to rican silence says that there is still time to find a peaceful solution suggesting that this time we eventually run out and the country may again plunge into violence so definitely it's a it's an unprecedented situation here in kiev after what seemed to be a compromise after what seemed to be some sort of
a strive towards peaceful solution the streets are again dominated by violence we certainly don't know where it's going to go because. this the opposition and the president met during the night they held more than two hours of talks and came to nothing no solution no compromise in fact still the opposition according to some of the leaders that they need to vacate the independence square only then some kind of talk may happen earlier during the night i went into the thick of what was happening there and i. i filed this report for you to see. the other things were going to come and it is unfair to get the foley out until they are very good there in the protest that things are going to come to. the police back up to the part of the world which is the process of preparing her at the police pretty much the scene we have been seeing over the past several
months. the gun would become so bloody right now you can get it because it's going to not go to the police. the gun is famous my guns to much of the place this may and started. all business and organize the so-called peaceful march to the parliament i know that's one thought and i'm still unclear that those riots but this is been pretty much the scene of you know total mayhem the whole scene sort of know the government doesn't pull the curfew that no cars can get inside the city by midnight and so far to be frank we haven't seen major might come in through the police force and we're going. to the square to report to discuss it but right now it's very very low the parent could have been.
over there back to me in the morning two months and not very good not subtle but there will soon be dismantled so it will be no way it's going to go with much of he with her name situation. certainly keeping us up to date from kiev he's also posting video from the center of the protest and photo this. instagram page the police lines are just twenty meters away from where he took this on his mobile phone so you can follow. videos directly from the front line now for. meantime there have been accusations all the live ammunition being used from both sides of the ongoing conflict well so far in r.t. international we have been seeing pictures showing some protesters in possession of real guns and are certain you can see people wearing camouflage there and some guns being held here as well allegedly using live ammunition and the rioters were also attacking police with the showers of molotov cocktails and rocks and this is when protesters rammed
a truck right into the chord tones of the pictures continue to follow through here on r.t. international that's a quick look back now at how the situation unfolded in kiev on tuesday when violence returned to the ukrainian capital first the opposition rallied the crowds and urged them to march on parliament i trouble began when a radical protesters broke through the police lines. the situation escalated even further when rioters tried to storm the office of ukraine's ruling party setting it on fire police then struggled to contain the thousands of protesters throwing rocks and molotov cocktails or even using trucks to try and break through their security called on you can see right there now three people were killed becoming the first victims of the street violence which continues to escalate and less than two hours later a police officer was killed when protesters attacked security. now
western governments which have been very supportive of the ukrainian opposition calling for an end to the unrest germany has said that it wouldn't rule out sanctions while france blamed the deaths on the authorities excessive use of force or the u.s. calling the violence unacceptable and as artie's guy nature can reports outside involvement goes way beyond the statements demanding peace. from their podiums administration officials say it's up to the ukrainians to decide their future for the work that they do behind the scenes does not look like they want to leave it to the ukraine to decide moreover it seems washington does in one of the two the opposition decide on. in the leaked conversation between u.s. assistant secretary of state and the u.s. ambassador to ukraine and we're talking about who of the opposition leaders should be in the government and who should not here's a bit of that conversation. the producers are usually good complicated or charger i don't think leetch should go into the government i don't think it's necessary i
don't think it's a good idea i think he is the guy who's got the economic experience the governing experience he's what he needs his creation tony burke on the outside he needs to be talking to them so that would be great i think to help blew this thing and have the u.n. help glue it and you know the e.u. the context of the conversation suggests that they're talking about managing ukraine's opposition leaders sort of handling them and moving fast before those leaders figure out on their own what to do and the opposition leaders have certainly been looking to the west for support not just washington to opposition leaders are saying yes and you just got back from germany where they met with the german leader angle of merkel and discussed ukraine's political future these kinds of meetings of course bolster the opposition's profile and in a chaotic environment many things become possible opposition leaders know that at the moment it may not be in their interest to really try and lower the temperature
of violence on the streets of kiev. or and it's also international law these are live pictures for you right here among the flames and smoke the house of trade unions also known as the so-called revolutionary headquarters that can tin used to be a sort of i mean for live pictures for you. art in the meantime be unrest is also spread to regional centers in a ukraine western. i mean iraq has it been seizing local government buildings and police stations and the cities all live off that in the fall and even the franc office because well in the gulf their regional prosecutor's office was torched by radicals who broke into the building a criminal files around two thousand and stormed the in tunneled ministry unit stationed there as well with about thirty members of the military being badly hurt as a result well andrew creek has been researching the work of u.s. government n.g.o.s in countries like ukraine and says they are playing a part in what is happening. there's
a longstanding effort of democracy building. and often that involves things like free press and voting reform. things like that. and that's part of it but also part of it is more representation for those parts of the ukraine that want to a more independent status or even. influence over the government as investor knew and said but those demands those requests by the western. government have to be looked at that it's almost contradictory to. be orchestrating changes in another sovereign country while saying
we are in favor of democracy there are also reports coming in that a local john list was among those killed in clashes allegedly dying from a gunshot wound as some of the footage a much in from the street bought and it's in kiev demonstrates the confused situation that it is difficult to work out just to the people in uniforms all right they're talking what i presume to be ukraine's police forces. it's good to have you with us here in our international today a project to build a dedicated european the internet will reach the highest levels in paris later when president francois hollande will discuss the issue with the german chancellor angela merkel and she proposed a change to the current system which sees an awful lot of online traffic traveling through america first because obviously as you come from off reports the idea of hiding data from prying eyes may just be
a marriage keeping european online communications within europe it's an idea that's gained traction amid revelations of widespread u.s. buying and now the german chancellor is on board vivian for owning a. talk of european providers that offer security for our citizens so that one shouldn't have to send e-mails and other information across the atlantic rather one could build up a communication network inside europe that's. the size and scope of american surveillance has outraged european leaders especially on glo markel who cell phone was allegedly tapped although germany is one of america's closest allies documents leaked by the former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden show it was treated as a third class partner spied on at levels similar to china and saudi arabia to put that in perspective the n.s.a. watched twenty million german phone connections and ten million internet data sets on an average day tapping only two million connections in france during the same
time yet for all the fury merkel's initiative may have want to do with anger at whom the government has been seen as lax on u.s. spying and snowden revealed cooperation between countries may have been closer than german indignation would indicate. america doesn't really. believe about plan. it doesn't seem that the conservative party is concerned with protection of the data of citizens at all it seems to be a point of pressure. put forward to the united states. but it's unclear what the actual purpose of this idea is marco has been pushing the u.s. for a relationship similar to the so-called five eyes agreement reached after the second world war i deal between english speaking countries not to spy on one another but the white house isn't playing ball there's no country where we have a no spy ring now it appears that germany is going on the offensive with plans for
counter espionage against western allies as for merkel's internet proposal well the devil is in the details currently a message sent from one online user to another could have a long journey before it reaches its destination although the german government hasn't released specifics the european networks could potentially allow data to bypass that route but is that realistic well for one the internet is a global network walling it off in europe goes against the concept of a world wide web but what's more different european countries have different laws on privacy so a shared policy would need to be adopted for a europe wide scheme to work and there's a bigger issue it's not going to stop the n.s.a. let's put it that way. the n.s.a. go where the date is if the n.s.a. can pull text messages that the telecommunications networks in china they can probably manage to get facebook messages out of germany moving the data isn't fixing the problem securing the data is the problem
a problem that will take more than tough talk to fix reporting in berlin for r t m d c catherine of. thought on the way that the program on our national angry with desperate economic plight. follows a. crisis played greece. protests claiming financial aid from european. economic in the final months. and the rest.
the position by students at scotland's glasgow university. former u.s. national security agency edward snowden has been elected as a student rector of glasgow university one of the oldest universities in the u.k. you know the role of the rector is to represent student issues to senior management at the university bought previous incumbents have been elected asked political statements of the group that had nominated edward snowden said that they did so because he stood for democracy and that voting for him would have showed support for his flight as a wanted man after revealing the extent of global surveillance by the n.s.a. as well as other spy agencies and they said that this would also said a message to governments their opposition to the intrusive nature of state security now as far as edward snowden is concerned this isn't his first of war in october two thousand and thirteen you received the. integrity and intelligence award and
also just this week he's one of the recipients of the two thousand and thirteen the george polk award in journalism in new york well reaction to snowden's latest revelations on how the n.s.a. targeted wiki leaks was quick and coming from a whistleblower you can see him right there julian assange expressing his outrage at the leak and renewing his calls for an investigation into the spying agency's activities a much more many more details on that i should say to you clicks away. also a huge explosion at a fracking well a five day blaze one person dead forced energy giant sheriff wrong to offer an apology to a small pennsylvania town you can find out how well conciliatory offer free pizza went down with them. for the mean time of the program traffic could be a nightmare for motorists in athens today with farmers promising to use
a protest motorcade to clog up the roads and nationwide protests are being called after negotiations between the farmers union and government over new tax regulations reached a stalemate last week. picks up the story. they left their fields and abandoned their tractors again greek farmers young and old took to the streets calling for revolution for the third time in just two weeks farmers of this region that's four hundred kilometers from the capital athens go to the blog this state highway and attempted to hold their thoughts in a time frame and they will do it again and again they say until their voice is heard their demands are nothing new in greece the country that's been hit the hardest by the economic crisis and has now been recession for six years but we want the government to reduce taxes and to cut prices for equipment and petrol we already pay too much today to produce or goods well the same time we have to pay for electricity or water bills along with education and medical treatment pay for
everything and we pay too much cost us has three grown up children and all three of them i'll go out to work part of the twenty seven percent of greeks who are unemployed. in this are politicians don't care about us there is no good infrastructure we sell our products at very low prices and while the european union gives greece money it never reaches us farmers or survived the stuff and says he can barely endure the current economic situation. because they were under the e.u. all our problems started the life of farmers was never easy now it's help i quit to eat tobacco but the boy. young people leave this country why i was supposed to become easier but it never happened. he's not alone feeling let down and people who seem to have no doubt about what went wrong would begin to see when we entered the
new things changed dramatically it was stuff but now it's even worse at that time they made golden promises and told us we're gonna eat from golden spoon but they never kept to their word. the farmers are not optimistic they say things will only get worse given the price of some ice and we can't afford this the comment promised to reduce prices further trysted nightime but they never did the protestant call for action what else we can do will fight until then but despite such calls this demonstration is little more than a symbolic act of rights police were at the scene but they never stepped in and the highway patrol says the oakland owed so much to lose so that the traffic was on the phone to greece face the wave of violent protests back in two thousand and ten two thousand and twelve. that lots of these five died and hundreds of others injured no one here once ripped edition of those events and not many a short believe it will change and the same. now these farmers who abandoned their
tractors to make their voice heard feel that they have reaped what the politicians in athens have so race nationality from greece. i. or russia's ice hockey team is heading into the winter olympic quarter finals after claiming a crucial win over norway or the red machine facing a stern test against a friend and later today a short time ago i spoke about it with r.t. is andrew farmer in such. finland to say in the world rankings one place ahead of russia and in my opinion i think russia will have to improve on their performance that they. showed against norway yesterday i know they won that for nothing but they were only two up with sixty seven seconds left and they did seem to struggle to break down that norwegian side and even the defense defenseman for russia under markoff said as much after
the match but the russian fans we spoke to aren't so you can say we're hoping for a big win even if we don't get a high score and we still expect victory. the team is doing a great job i support it no matter what it will be a tough match but russia will win go to russia. that much starting at four thirty local time at the bolshoi ice time now appear russia's hopes on the slopes lie with a very special married couple snowboarders lena's the vic wild will compete in the women's and men's parallel giant slalom is actually from america but he picked up a russian passport after the pair got married three years ago and his arrival on the russian team seemed should be both their chances of a medal. i didn't have a good start david had states that i wasn't going to reach the goals that i wanted . to show as an opportunity to get the balls. to be able to do what i wanted to do
to me he brought a new attitude say because he has a way like he's way more aggressive than i am maybe a little more aggressive more like a more of a more robust if you if you will and. he made me engage in whatever i'm doing and do it one hundred percent so fingers crossed for those two and they are just two names in what is a very strong snowboarding squad for russia now hardly a day goes past when i'm not talking about russian figure skaters such is the strength and depth of them and today we will see that best and merging talent in the ladies short program fifteen year old unit skier takes to the ice again after helping russia win gold in the same event but also see a girl just a couple of years older model in a sort of a she's making her really big debut but doesn't seem to be fazed by. it is the first adult competition for me and my coach told me not to think about it as an olympic competition but just an ordinary start there will be
a lot of russian fans who are very loud and energetic i'll have to focus and just do my job i'm sure she will she's a very confident young lady a very busy day here in sochi i've only picked out if you things. and i haven't even mentioned a team event. on a cross-country skiing keep an eye on the. global snapshot here at r.t. international let's get into the yard so you won't update. i these are scenes in macedonia where the police butted heads with people outside the central government building peaceful march turned ugly after officials refused to talk to protesters demanding unpaid bonuses and their rallies organizer was arrested many of the demonstrators lost their jobs off the state went bankrupt around the country's transition to a free market economy. protesters marched through the streets of midland to protest evictions several families were forced from their homes prompting fighting with
police the demonstrators were demanding the right to be housed denounced forced evictions for unpaid rent and the government has put it by a hundred forty million euros to help tenants in difficulty and activists say there's no sign of any change so. let's give you an update on the latest breaking news coming to us here from downtown kiev the live pictures right now here on r.t. international latest numbers we have at least twenty five people have been killed this according to the health ministry in ukraine this during the overnight and this morning there have been wild accusations of live ammunition being used by both sides we do know at least at this point seven policeman being killed amid the protests so who are the people wearing balaclavas unsparing on the ballots in ukraine we try to find out next right now on r.t. international. thank you for joining us.
a transit route to vnukovo report your best way to the heart of moscow. not surprisingly bijan even to go she has to end the civil war in syria a flounder all sides talking at each other to date there hasn't been much listening particularly since the u.s. keeps demanding the transitional government be installed to replace assad can peace
be brought to syria if washington's only real goal is regime change. choose your language. because we know in financial planners they still sometimes. choose to use the concerns you because i can. choose the opinions that invigorating to. choose the stories get into the life choose the access to your office. when i close my eyes i see people in mosques i'm talking to them but remember best of all of it come back to us and they're all wearing masks. sometimes i think that you are my gun itself is a face covered by a mosque was. just
on me but if there are people in mosques on both sides of the barricades and you know sometimes you see it it feels as if all of ukraine is now masked. gian from kiev. i've lived here all my life i have two children and a wife who i love very much yet interesting i want to say it because it's real history taking shape right before my eyes what's happening now will remain in history forever but only time will tell that it's a black or a white page in history. i was done in two thousand and four i remember the environment. people treated each other with. i was looking for the same people on the arm i done hoping to meet the same attitude the same wall.
for some reason the people are getting ready to fight. what can you achieve in my done if opposition leader popular saying you know when there's no real alternative to going to go bitch. it's good that the people have shown the next government that it can be. if it fails to follow the will of the people. why do you think ukraine's in the situation that it is. that you want. a group of people who wanted to become part of europe gathered here they were beaten by the members of the special police unit much and it led to an uprising that some people fought for an idea and others for money i doubt anyone would stay outside in such freezing cold for nothing.