Obama: US outraged by images of Ukraine violence

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest. Ukraine's protest leaders and the president they aim to oust called a truce Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat "terrorists" responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the U.S. is outraged by violence in Ukraine and is urging President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) to withdraw forces from downtown Kiev immediately.

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. urges Ukraine's military not to get involved in a conflict that must be resolved politically. He says the White House is outraged at images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic guns on Ukrainian people.

Carney says in a statement that Ukraine should respect the right of protest and that protesters must be peaceful. The statement calls for dialogue to reduce tensions and address the people's grievances.

Street battles between protesters and police have left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, raising fears of an uncontrollable spiral of violence in the ex-Soviet state. The U.S. has already threatened sanctions.