Here's a report by CNN's Phil Black on how the gunfire unfolded:
The European Union seems to have made a decision: It has agreed to freeze the assets and ban the visas of those it deems responsible for the violence in Ukraine, a EU diplomat who declined to be named told CNN on Thursday.
The EU has also agreed to impose a ban on equipment that could be used for oppression in Ukraine, according to the diplomat.
We noted earlier that three European foreign ministers have been in Kiev, talking with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the Ukrainian opposition. Now one of those officials, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, says via Twitter that progress has been made, but "important differences remain."
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talked late Thursday with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, making clear Washington "is prepared to sanction those officials responsible for the violence," the White House said. The Ukrainian leader has also been in touch with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In comments Thursday, the U.N. leader called for "genuine dialogue" and said he was "appalled by the use of firearms by both the police and protesters" -- even as he stressed it is crucial, especially, that authorities exercise restraint.