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Ukraine: Razor wire awaits state security in Donetsk00:54

Ukraine: Razor wire awaits state security in Donetsk

Ukraine, Donetsk
April 11, 2014 at 07:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Razor wire awaits state security in Donetsk

Pro-Russian protesters entrenched their position at a barricaded encampment outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Friday, standing firm in their call for a referendum on greater autonomy from the acting central government in Kiev.

Protesters were joined by Ukrainian miners who arrived at the encampment Thursday and chopped firewood to keep warm. A 48-hour notice was served by the Rada-appointed government in Kiev on Wednesday, ordering the protesters to clear the area, ringed by a razor wire fence and tyres, before security forces move in. However, the threat has so far shown no sign of materialising in Donetsk.

Ukrainian officials are trying to negotiate a deal whereby protesters would vacate the camp in return for immunity from prosecution, Rada-appointed interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a press conference on Friday.

Protesters have occupied buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Lugansk, Donetsk and Kharkov since Sunday. Arseny Yatsenyuk, Friday, pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country.

Ukraine: Razor wire awaits state security in Donetsk00:54
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Ukraine: Razor wire awaits state security in Donetsk

Pro-Russian protesters entrenched their position at a barricaded encampment outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Friday, standing firm in their call for a referendum on greater autonomy from the acting central government in Kiev.

Protesters were joined by Ukrainian miners who arrived at the encampment Thursday and chopped firewood to keep warm. A 48-hour notice was served by the Rada-appointed government in Kiev on Wednesday, ordering the protesters to clear the area, ringed by a razor wire fence and tyres, before security forces move in. However, the threat has so far shown no sign of materialising in Donetsk.

Ukrainian officials are trying to negotiate a deal whereby protesters would vacate the camp in return for immunity from prosecution, Rada-appointed interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a press conference on Friday.

Protesters have occupied buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Lugansk, Donetsk and Kharkov since Sunday. Arseny Yatsenyuk, Friday, pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country.

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