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Pro-Russia protesters occupy regional government in Ukraine's Donetsk

Pro-Russian activists demonstrate in front of riot policemen standing guard in front of the regional administration in Donetsk on March 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY

DONETSK, Ukraine: Pro-Russian demonstrators occupied the first floor of the regional government building in east Ukraine's city of Donetsk on Monday.

A Reuters reporter in a press centre on the fourth floor of the building said the protesters had seized the first floor but were unable to go higher because lifts were disabled and stairwell doors shut.

The 11-storey building has been flying the Russian flag, rather than the Ukrainian flag, for three days, with demonstrators carrying Russian flags staging rallies outside.

 

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