Young men clash with Ukrainian riot police during a pro-Ukrainian rally in the eastern city of Donetsk April 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
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The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back Monday and hundreds of men attacked a peaceful pro-Ukraine rally with batons, bricks and stun grenades, wounding dozens as tensions soared in Ukraine's volatile east.One presidential candidate said the mayor was deliberately targeted to destabilize the entire city of Kharkiv, a hub of 1.5 million people. Armed insurgents tacitly backed by Moscow are seeking more autonomy in eastern Ukraine – and possibly even independence or annexation with Russia. In Brussels, the European Union moved Monday to add 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list to protest Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.Dobkin is among several candidates running in Ukraine's May 25 presidential election, which the interim government says Russia is trying to derail.At a meeting of eastern Ukrainian leaders and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier this month, Kernes insisted he does not support the armed pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine.On the other side, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Ukraine's efforts to detain pro-Russia activists has turned into the "mass persecution of dissenters".
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