KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 18 people have been killed in today's protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

The latest violence happened as the foreign ministers of three European countries met with President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich), after their meeting with the opposition leaders.

The two sides are locked in a battle of whether Ukraine's loyalties should be with Russia or the West.

Ukraine's Health Ministry says two days of street violence earlier this week killed at least 28 people.

The European Union could impose sanctions against Ukraine when it holds an emergency meeting today.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama warned "there will be consequences" for those behind continued violence.

Russia's Foreign Ministry describes the clashes between opposition supporters and police as an attempted coup.