Pro Russian masked armed militants guard barricades near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Pro-Russian militants who have overrun public buildings in more than a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine have encountered little resistance from police, prompting Kiev to level charges of law enforcement "inaction" and "treachery".As a result, when the rebels come knocking, often the police are not even there to put up a fight.Or, as in the city of Lugansk this week where a squad of riot police found themselves hemmed in by crowd of 2,000, they find themselves overwhelmed.In most areas though police have just stood aside while buildings were occupied.The riot police meant to protect the rally let the militants through and only half-heartedly moved to try to stop the beatings.Karasev said a more basic motivation could also be persuading police in the east to side with the pro-Russian militants.
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