Radio Free Europe on April 6, 2014, reported that Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, has cancelled a trip to Lithuania scheduled for April 7 to deal with pro-Russia protests in eastern Ukraine. Excerpts below:

Turchynov also held an emergency meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies after protesters seized government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and a state security office in Luhansk on April 6.

Pro-Russia protesters also stormed the regional government building in Kharkiv later on the same day.

In Donetsk, a group of protesters barricaded themselves inside the regional administration building.

They threatened to set up a “people’s council” and demanded that a referendum like the one organized in Crimea be held in the Donetsk region over whether it should join Russia.

Earlier in the day, some 2,000 protesters had rallied outside the regional administration building before a group of protesters broke into the facility and raised the Russian flag.

Reports from the scene said police did not take action against the protesters.


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