Ukraine Crisis

Joe Biden to Ukraine's Yanukovich: 'De-escalate the Situation'

Vice President Joe Biden called Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich late Tuesday to express “grave concern” over the deadly protests, the White House said.

He urged Yanukovich to pull back government forces and exercise maximum restraint, according to a statement.

“The vice president made clear that the United States condemns violence by any side, but that the government bears special responsibility to de-escalate the situation,” the statement said.