Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., condemned Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's use of violence against protesters in Ukraine on Wednesday.

“Ukrainians have made clear that they want the opportunity to be governed free of corruption and Russian pressure," he said. "I strongly condemn the Yanukovych government resorting to violence rather than dialogue and compromise with the opposition."

Rubio urged the Obama administration to find a tough diplomatic solution to the problems and floated the idea of economic sanctions.

“Ukraine's future lies in Europe, not Vladimir Putin's Russia," he said. "America stands with those who seek freedom even at great risk to their own security. The world is watching the Yanukovych government's response.”