In this Feb. 22, 2014 photo Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, takes part at a meeting in Kharkiv city hall, in Ukraine. Kernes was shot in the back Monday morning, April 28, 2014, his office said. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)
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The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back Monday and pro-Russia insurgents seized yet another government building as tensions rose in eastern Ukraine ahead of a new round of U.S. sanctions.At a meeting of eastern Ukrainian leaders and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier this month, Kernes insisted he does not support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine.Its regional administration building was briefly seized earlier this month but promptly cleared of pro-Russian protesters.On Monday, masked militants with automatic weapons seized another city hall building and a police station, this time in Kostyantynivka, 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border. The city is 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Slovyansk, a major city in eastern Ukraine that has been in insurgents' hands for more than three weeks now.
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