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Protesters occupy Kharkov regional administration's building

7 April 2014, 09:40 -- Pro-Russian protesters entered the building of the Kharkov regional administration on Sunday, an Interfax correspondent reports. It took them ten minutes to get inside. People on the street greeted with cheers and whistle the appearance of a man carrying the Russian flag in a second-floor window. They shouted, "Bravo" and "Police and People Together". Earlier reports said the storm of the Kharkov regional administration began on Sunday night.

Ukraine: pro-Russian protesters declare ultimatum to authorities in Donetsk, urge for referendum

If MPs do not convene before 23:59 pm local time on 6 April and do not pass a resolution on holding a referendum, residents of the Donbass Region will declare them illegitimate. Residents of the Donbass Region demanded that regional MPs return to their seats and hold a session to discuss the issue of conducting a referendum.

According to a LifeNews correspondent working on the site, both law enforcers and protesters are behaving calmly.

Activists established their own checkpoint at the entrance to the local administration building and check the documents of those who intend to enter the building. The activists also insist that police officers leave the building.

Over a thousand Donbass Region residents are staying in the square. They are playing the guitars, singing songs and setting up tents.

Ukraine: pro-Russian protesters seize gov't buildings in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov

Several dozen pro-Russian protesters broke through police lines on Sunday and entered the regional administration building in Ukraine's eastern city of Kharkov, an AFP reporter at the scene said. The activists raised a Russian flag over the building after similar protests in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Lugansk. An AFP reporter said police did not use force against the demonstrators, whose numbers outside the building swelled to about 2,000 people.

The protesters stormed regional government buildings in the industrial hub of Donetsk and security service offices in nearby Lugansk, waving Russian flags and demanding a Crimea-style referendum on joining Russia.

Around 1,500 people protested in Donetsk on Sunday before breaking into the regional administration building, where they hung a Russian flag from a second-floor balcony, a Reuters witness said. Protesters outside cheered and chanted "Russia! Russia!".

In the Lugansk protest, Ukrainian television said three people had been injured. Police could not confirm the report.

Talking to the crowd over a loudspeaker, protest leaders in Donetsk said they wanted regional lawmakers to convene an emergency meeting to discuss a referendum on joining Russia.

Residents of Ukraine's Donetsk and Kharkov rally to join Russia

About 500 people from pro-Russian political parties and organizations are holding a rally at Lenin Square in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk this Saturday. Many of the rally's participants are demanding that Donbass (a region in Ukraine, known for its coal production, where Donetsk is one of the largest cities) should become a part of Russia. Simultaneously, two rallies are being held in Kharkov's Liberty Square in support of a referendum on Ukraine's federalization.

Some are carrying Russian white-blue-and-red flags with "The Donetsk Republic" written on them, Interfax-Ukraina news agency reports.

After the rally, the participants plan to march along Artyom Street (Donetsk's central street) to the city council's office, which is not far from Lenin Square.

Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk regions demand autonomy for southeastern Ukraine

Demonstrators at a pro-Russian rally in central Kharkov on Sunday called for the establishment of an autonomous republic consisting of southeastern Ukrainian provinces. The meetings in Kharkov were followed by big Ukrainian cities such as Dotetsk, Odessa and Lugansk. The demonstrators urged the southeastern Ukrainian provinces to unite against Kiev.

"We are the successors of the republics of Donetsk-Krovoy Rog and Odessa. We are not the surviving remnants of the Bandera forces. We have been and will be the pillar of our country," Yuri Apukhtin, a Civic Forum leader, told the demonstrators.

He urged the southeastern provinces to unite, create a coordination committee and campaign against the Kiev putschists as a single front.

"We see our place in Ukraine in a historically-shaped southeastern autonomy," Apukhtin said.

An agreement has been reached with the leaders of similar protests in Donetsk and Lugansk to coordinate joint efforts, he said.

The protesters demanded the release of well-known activist Ignat Kromskoy, who had been put under house arrest "on charges of organizing mass riots" for taking part in the March 1 action to drive away maidan supporters who had come from Kiev and other regions and seized the regional administration’s office.

Participants in a similar rally in Luhansk demanded federalization and protested against the suspension of Russian TV channels in the Lugansk region. Several demonstrators wiped their boots on a Ukrainian national flag.

Rallies in Dnepropetrovsk

Ukrainian loyalists and pro-Russian residents held several minor rallies, attended by 200-300 participants, in Dnipropetrovsk on Sunday. Pro-Russian demonstrators gathered near the Opera House, as usual, to demand that a referendum be held on Ukraine's membership in the Customs Union.

They also chanted calls to boycott the presidential elections and burned a European Union flag. Others filled Lenin Square to discuss the presidential candidates. Children and adults drew a 10 by 5 meters yellow-and-blue map of Ukraine with Crimea and sang the national anthem. The regional police department reported that the rallies had proceeded without incident.

Source: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_07/Protesters-occupy- Kharkov-regional-administrations-building-6722/

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