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TODAY   |  February 24, 2014

Arrest warrant issued for Ukraine’s president

An arrest warrant was issued overnight for Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, for the mass killings of civilians.  NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>> our monday morning with the top story. that arrest warrant for ukraine's president. for three weeks, vladimir putin showed the world he wanted to portray. the situation unfolding in russia's western neighbor comes as a harsh reality check. richard engel 's in kiev . good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. parliament here has appointed its speaker as an interim president as new video emerges from the massacre that ultimately led this government to fall. ukrainians visited memorials for the nearly 100 protesters killed to oust their president.

>> it's incredible. so many people.

>> reporter: as protesters clashed with police last thursday, demonstrators were shot. this new video taken by ukrainian tv suggests the crackdown was more deliberate and organized than previously known. it appears to show calm, heavily armed forces maneuvering tactically around government buildings near kiev 's independent square communicating on their radios and taking aimed shots. ukraine's new interior minister today posted an arrest warrant for viktor yanukovych for mass murder . but where is he? footage shows the moment yanukovych left kiev left last week with suitcases. susan rice told "meet the press," as far as washington is concerned, yanukovych is no longer president.

>> this is an interesting and complicated situation as you know.

>> reporter: rice's strongest message was for russia.

>> that would be a grave mistake. it's in nobody's interest to see violence return.

>> reporter: kiev today remains calm and peaceful. yanukovych , president just last week, now a fugitive.

>> reporter: that video of the security forces could prove to be significant. it appears to show three-man sniper teams taking orders and firing. matt, back to you.

>> richard, thank you very much.