Pro-Russia Activists Seize Government Headquarters in Luhansk

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
By Paul Martin
Apr. 29 2014

Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists have seized the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, unopposed by police, underlining the lack of control of central government over swathes of eastern Ukraine.

Lines of riot police surrounded the back of the building, facing hundreds of men and women. At the front, dozens of men, some in green camouflage and holding shields, walked into the imposing, white building, while others smashed windows and raised the Russian tricolor.

The government in Kiev has all but lost control of its police forces in parts of eastern Ukraine since pro-Russian activists seized buildings in the region’s second biggest city of Donetsk and several smaller towns.

In separatist-held Slovyak, the self-declared mayor said he would discuss the release of detained military observers only if the EU dropped sanctions against rebel leaders.

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