Death toll climbing in Kiev.

Death toll climbing in Kiev.

Top floors of Trade Unions bldg engulfed in flames. Reports of people trapped inside. Some climbing down to safety. – Christopher Miller on Twitter

THE FIGHTING has been escalating all day in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Hundreds of thousands following the clashes online.

From the New York Times:

Last Updated, 6:50 p.m. | As the deadly clashes in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, continued late Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of people followed the violence as it unfolded, watching a live YouTube video stream from the besieged protest camp provided by the local website, and reading Twitter updates from reporters and activists in Independence Square.

Andrea Mitchell reported that “@VP Biden called Ukraine president urged pulling back govt forces and maximum restraint as kiev burns more,” via Twitter, which is how the news is breaking, everything reported in real time on social media.