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Ukraine: Pro-Russians storm offices in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv
BBC ^ | 6 April 2014 updated 16:23 ET

Posted on 04/06/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com

Pro-Russian protesters have stormed government buildings in three eastern Ukrainian cities.

In Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv they clashed with police, hung Russian flags from the buildings and called for a referendum on independence.

Ukraine's acting president called an emergency security meeting in response.

The unrest comes amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine over the removal of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow has the right to protect the Russian-speaking population there. Ukraine's leaders deny the country's Russian speakers are under threat and have said they will resist any intervention in their country.

Ukrainian Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov cancelled a planned visit to Lithuania and called a meeting of the country's security chiefs to deal with the unrest.

In Donetsk, in what was reportedly the day's most violent protest, a large group of activists broke away from a crowd rallying in the main city square to attack and occupy the regional government seat.

After clashing with riot police and breaking through their lines to enter the building, they raised the Russian flag and hung a banner from the building. Protesters outside cheered and chanted: "Russia, Russia."

Ihor Dyomin, a spokesman for Donetsk local police, said about 1,000 people had taken part in the storming of the building.

"Around 100 people are now inside the building and are barricading the building," he added.

In Luhansk, police fired tear gas at dozens of protesters who broke into the local security service building in an attempt to force the release of 15 pro-Russian activists who were arrested earlier in the week and accused of plotting violent unrest.

Local news reports said at least two people had been injured in clashes, and TV pictures from the scene showed a riot policeman being taken away on a stretcher.

And in Kharkiv, several dozen people also entered the regional government building after breaking through police lines.

They waved Russian flags out of windows as a crowd outside cheered and chanted. Police officers reportedly refused to use force against the crowd and moved away from the government building after the pro-Russian supporters broke in.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov accused President Putin and Mr Yanukovych - who was forced from office in February following months of street protests and is now living in exile in Russia - of "ordering and paying for another wave of separatist turmoil in the country's east".

In a message posted on his Facebook account, he said: "The people who have gathered are not many but they are very aggressive. "The situation will be brought under control without bloodshed. But at the same time, a firm approach will be used against all who attack government buildings, law enforcement officers and other citizens."

Tensions are running high between Ukraine and Russia, with thousands of Russian soldiers still said to be deployed along the border.

The new administration in Ukraine has faced continuing opposition from Ukraine's Russian-speaking regions.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party has reported that the body of one its activists was found on Saturday after it was dumped in the woods with signs of torture, a day after his abduction in the central village of Vygrayev.

Svoboda was one of the participants in the protests that toppled Mr Yanukovych's administration.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: invasion; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
Pray for United country of Ukraine
1 posted on 04/06/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com
The Luhansk region has plenty of Ukrainians but few outside the small villages speak Ukrainian. My wife's family in Alchevsk are Russian speakers but are nationalistic Ukrainians. Of course there would be more Ukrainians if Moscow hadn't given certain orders in 1933... UkraineCirca1933 photo HolodomorHigher_zpsbc5286b7.jpg
2 posted on 04/06/2014 1:51:38 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

Kiev is facing Ukraine’s disintegration. Events seem to be taking on a life of their own without any prompting from Russia.

If this spreads, Kiev will find itself ruling over a shrunken country of less than 20 million or so centered on the West.

What can it do about it? Force is out of the question. Ukraine will have to become a federal state with both Ukrainian and Russian enjoying official status, with full autonomy for all its regions.

There is no alternative. Unless Kiev wants to see large chunks of the country lost to Russia.


3 posted on 04/06/2014 1:52:06 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com
The Luhansk region has plenty of Ukrainians but few outside the small villages speak Ukrainian. My wife's family in Alchevsk are Russian speakers but are nationalistic Ukrainians. Of course there would be more Ukrainians if Moscow hadn't given certain orders in 1933... UkraineCirca1933 photo HolodomorHigher_zpsbc5286b7.jpg
4 posted on 04/06/2014 1:53:42 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

No one is going to stop Putin. This is step 4 of many. Georgia, Chechnya, and Crimea came first. Putin fits the text book definition of a fascist yet he gets support here and anywhere a “strong leader” is admired. Mussolini and Hitler had a great many American admirers in the 1930s.


5 posted on 04/06/2014 1:59:32 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

It appears Czar Putin is ready for a second helping of Ukrainian pie. These “spontaneous” bully boys who storm government buildings and hang Russian flags are Russian military Spetsnaz units infiltrated across the Ukrainian borders. Putin will use these demonstrations to send in the regular army to protect Russians as he did in the Crimea.

Meanwhile, our fearless boy-president will jaunt off to a campaign raiser and later, Japan.


6 posted on 04/06/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: RicocheT

I agree with every ‘reply’ post. The truth of each reply is breaking my heart. God did a miracle in Maida. Please let us join together and with a loved one to pray for God to intervene to keep Ukraine a united nation..


7 posted on 04/06/2014 2:24:26 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: txhurl; nuconvert; GeronL; KC_Lion; 1rudeboy; SevenofNine

As predicted.


8 posted on 04/06/2014 2:28:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Dude when this happened


9 posted on 04/06/2014 2:32:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: goldstategop

Borders have shifted in that part of the world for thousands of years.

What makes today’s borders so sacrosanct compared to the previous ones?

Are humans today so much more enlightened than before? Doubtful.


10 posted on 04/06/2014 2:35:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

“God did a miracle in Maida.”

God’s miracles stick.


11 posted on 04/06/2014 2:42:32 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

I assume Obama is golfing today.


12 posted on 04/06/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

Seems like the ethnic Russians are more Urban than the Ukrainians, I see the problem. Sort of like Philadelphia.


13 posted on 04/06/2014 2:56:54 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com
Ukraine's acting president called an emergency security meeting in response.

Other than calling meetings and posting things on facebook this chap doesn't do anything.

His government has never won an election, it came to power on violence, its not legitimate at all.
14 posted on 04/06/2014 3:16:43 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright

“It came to power on violence.’

Man, its a good thing that this nation never needed a revolutionary war of any kind and that those British louses just decided one day to up and leave.


15 posted on 04/06/2014 3:26:07 PM PDT by RedForemanRules
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To: RedForemanRules

Ukraine was not an occupied country...

The will of the total population of the Ukraine was expressed at the ballot box. The current occupants of Kiev disregarded that with a violent coup. They then attempt to act as if they are legitimate representatives of the electorate.

But mainly they show they cannot control or govern and just like to whine as they preside over the collapse of the Ukraine many of whom seem to prefer Russia to the clowns in Kiev.


16 posted on 04/06/2014 3:48:16 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: JimSEA

I think you confuse grudging respect for “Support”.

Putin doesn’t give a damn about “Rules for Radicals. He doesn’t give a damn what some gay wonk in the US Media, or a lesbian late-night comedian joke writer thinks about him.

But, if you have read, (and more importantly, UNDERSTAND) Machiavelli, then Putin’s actions become predictable, given the world situation as it is right now. (and yes, Putin is/was a student of Machiavelli.)

This puts the Chomsky/Zinn-trained people currently running the US Government at a serious disadvantage, especially when they try to apply that theology to foreign policy.


17 posted on 04/06/2014 4:00:39 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Putin is a student of Machevelli. Putin is also a study of the use of hard power Marxism, and knows how Alinskitism was designed and how to defeat it.


18 posted on 04/06/2014 4:29:40 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: wonkowasright

The OSCE said that the 2012 election of Yakunivich was a sham, just like it was in 2004.


19 posted on 04/06/2014 4:30:58 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: RicocheT

Please send proof of your Spetsnaz hypothesis, or is that only your opinion?


20 posted on 04/06/2014 5:05:12 PM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

Clearly these are highly organized operations who’s direction eminates from a central source. An important fact that the BBC refuses to mention or even speculate upon because it wouldn’t fit their agenda.

Through reporting the event as it occurs making it appear as if they are sporatic occurances rather than speculating on a agenda driven by a capitalist pig determined to control europes energy fit well with his supporters posting here as well as the rest of europe.


21 posted on 04/06/2014 5:06:23 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: wonkowasright

Exactly. Just like a former ”pro” boxer has appointed himself head of the space program there. lol (true!)


22 posted on 04/06/2014 5:10:19 PM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Thunder90

Similar to US elections, right? We don’t have a leg to stand on when criticizing other countries’ election. Their ”sham” is no worse than ”our sham.” Let’s get real here.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 5:19:47 PM PDT by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ResisTyr

You are referring to Yuriy S. Alekseyev ?


24 posted on 04/06/2014 5:35:34 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright
You are referring to Yuriy S. Alekseyev ?

Any relation to Vasily?


25 posted on 04/06/2014 5:37:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Thunder90
The OSCE said that the 2012 election of Yakunivich was a sham, just like it was in 2004.

And the DNC said 2000 and 2004 elections were shams, would that legitimize Al Gore leading a militant coup ?
26 posted on 04/06/2014 5:52:05 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: UMCRevMom@aol.com

Yuri Butusov comments further,
“When I read the critics avakova, Nalyvaichenko, Yatseniuk and Up, I was always amazed that caused all the problems in the South-East of critics believe is a lack of political will and failure to give commands.

Dai team! Why no team! Let’s shoot!

Hysteria is not on the tape. If someone believes that the demoralized and corrupt system of law enforcement and State officials in the South-East, something has changed decisively over a month and a half, he is deeply mistaken. Only system is built.

In Ukraine there is no force capable to suppress diversionary actions on the South-East. Yet.

Such forces are created. Storm tanks and special forces with the western regions not because Russian saboteurs hired hordes of local titušek hide behind as human shields. They are armed. If you go to storm the bandits in buildings-will get what he wants Russian propaganda-corpses, explosions, a picture of unmanaged chaos in the South-East.

War is the last hope of Putin to derail elections in Ukraine. And the leadership of the country is desperately trying to keep the situation from military action. Because the war would cancel the election. And only an idiot does not understand and needs to bomb, shoot and smooth out.

A meeting of the NATIONAL SECURITY and DEFENSE COUNCIL, all the forces and means are in readiness. Develop solutions that will solve the problem. Options and the most stringent measures. Tomorrow NATO experts arrive to Kiev, no one throws and doesn’t drain, is a struggle for Ukraine. Just a shame to hear screams of panic. Do not disgrace.” (Translated by Bing)


27 posted on 04/06/2014 5:53:41 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: RicocheT
"These 'spontaneous' bully boys....are Russian military Spetsnaz units..."

Do you have attribution for that statement, or just blowin' smoke?

28 posted on 04/06/2014 6:00:39 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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