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Separatists seize key buildings in east Ukraine town

  • TOPSHOTS Pro-Russian activists stand guard outside a regional television station after it was seized by pro-Russian separatists, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on April 27, 2014. The telecentre is the home of the local telecommunication antennas and studios of the regional TV station Channel 27. US President Barack Obama today said new international sanctions set to come into force against Russia would send a message that it must stop its "provocations" in eastern Ukraine. AFP PHOTO

KIEV: Pro-Russian separatists have seized the local police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kostyantynivka, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on Monday.

"At 6:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) about 30 separatists came to the local police headquarters and occupied the ground floor. Negotiations are underway with the local police chief. We do not know what their demands are," said Laryssa Volkova, interior ministry spokeswoman.

AFP reported that separatists also seized the town hall. The report described Kostyantynivka as a town of 80,000 inhabitants located mid-way between the flashpoint town of Slavyansk and the regional hub city of Donetsk, both of which are also under the control of insurgents.

 
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