Ukraine turns to force to oust pro-Russian gunmen

Apr 13 2014, 17:32 IST
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SummaryThis came after a week of soaring tensions as pro-Russians demanding greater autonomy, or to join nearby Russia, stepped up protests in the region.

considering measures to allow "normalisation of the situation in eastern Ukraine".

Ukraine's interim government has been facing relentless pressure from Russia since its February ouster of an unpopular Kremlin-backed president and decision to seek closer ties with the West.

Pro-Russian protesters last week seized control of the Donetsk government seat - where they have declared independence as the "Donetsk Peoples Republic" - and a state security building in the nearby eastern city of Lugansk.

Separatist gunmen were also in control of the police station in Kramatorsk after a gunfight yesterday.

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