Ukraine claims Russia fomenting unrest in country’s east

April 7, 2014

Ukrainian authorities say that pro-Russian gunman have seized government buildings in two major cities the eastern part of that country in the latest case of unrest that the interim Ukrainian government believes is being fueled by Moscow.

Speaking at an emergency Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia’s plan was “to destabilize the situation, the plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow.” Yatsenyuk also claimed that people engaged in the unrest have distinct Russian accents.

Yatsenyuk said Russian troops remain stationed within 19 miles of the frontier.

Sky News reported that dozens of people armed with sticks and rocks broke through police lines during a pro-Russian rally and surged into a regional government office in Donetsk, roughly 50 miles west of the Russian border.

Some of the protesters were chanting “Donetsk is a Russian city” as they climbed to the roof, where they waved the Russian flag. They then threw firecrackers at around 200 police officers surrounding the building. Local media reported that groups occupying the provincial government building have barricaded the entrance with car tires and barbed wire.

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