Pro-Russia activists proclaim separatist republic in east Ukraine city

Pro-Russia activists proclaim separatist republic in east Ukraine city
Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on April 7, 2014.

DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russia activists occupying regional offices in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on Monday proclaimed the creation of a separatist Donetsk republic, a Reuters witness said.

One of the leaders of about 100 activists who moved into the building on Sunday night called for a referendum to be held no later than May 11 on the establishment of the "Donetsk people's republic".

Reading from a text, an unidentified, bearded man said protesters would call on Russia to send in a "peacekeeping contingent" in the event of aggressive action by what he described as the "illegitimate" authorities in Kiev.

 

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