A police officer is seen taking aim with a rifle this morning in a standoff between police and demonstrators that began on Jan. 19, during the second month of anti-government EuroMaidan demonstrations. The tense and violent standoff, which claimed three lives this morning, is taking place near the entrance of Kyiv's Dynamo Stadium near Ukraine's parliament building.
The United States has started started limited, targeted sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities as it announced today that it had revoked the visas of top Ukrainian officials implicated in ordering police violence against protesters in November and December. The announcement came after the gunshot deaths this morning of two protesters after a police assault on the demonstrators' barricades. A third protester died of other injuries.