Pro-Russian activists block a collumn of Ukrainian men riding on Armoured Personnel Carriers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ANATOLIY STEPANOV)
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Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army Wednesday, embarrassing a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Russian partisans.Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula last month, and its armed supporters have now taken control over swathes of Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland.It has massed thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border. Ukraine confirmed that six of its armored vehicles were now in the hands of separatists.The Ukrainian government and its Western allies believe Russian agents are coordinating the uprising.
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