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Ukraine president slams police 'inaction', 'treachery' in east

A pro-Russian activist wearing military fatigues rips a portrait photo of the Ukrainian speaker of parliament and interim president Olexander Turchynov as he stands at a window of the regional administration building in the eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk after it was broken into by pro-Russian activists, on April 29, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ALEX INOY)

KIEV: Ukraine's interim president launched a stinging attack on police forces in the east of the country on Tuesday, accusing them of "inaction" and "treachery" as pro-Russian militants overrun public buildings.

Oleksandr Turchynov said in a statement that events in the restive east of the country had "shown the inaction, powerlessness and in some cases criminal treachery of the law enforcement authorities".

"It's hard to admit, but it is true: The vast majority of law enforcement officials in the east are not able to fulfil their obligation to protect our citizens," Turchynov added.

He called for "Ukrainian patriots", especially those living in the flashpoint eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, to sign up as volunteers to help the police force.

Authorities plan to launch a "hotline" for volunteers, he announced, especially encouraging those with military experience to come forward.

Pro-Russian militants have taken control of a string of towns in eastern Ukraine, with police appearing at times powerless to intervene and in some cases standing by while violence rages.

In the latest unrest, around 1,000 demonstrators stormed the regional police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, according to an AFP reporter on the scene.

 

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