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Ukraine army seizes state buildings in Krasnoarmeysk

Iran Press TV

Sun May 11, 2014 3:47PM GMT

Ukraine's National Guard troops have taken control of two state buildings in the city of Krasnoarmeysk in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk, self-defence forces say.

Pro-Russia activists said on Sunday that the Ukrainian government forces seized the city administration and the police headquarters in Krasnoarmeysk, where an independence vote is underway.

"The Dniepr-2 battalion has seized the town hall building and the police department in Krasnoarmeysk, using cash-in-transit vehicles," Interfax quoted Miroslav Rudenko, co-chairman of the Donetsk People's Republic, as saying.

He also said the Ukrainian government forces have seized four schools in the city, where polling stations were located.

"Local residents managed to hide the ballots, so these were not destroyed," he added.

Rudenko said residents are gathering for a spontaneous protest in the city center to express their discontent with the government's operation in the eastern province.

A town in the neighboring Luhansk region has also come under attack by Ukraine's Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), other media reports say.

The seizures come as eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk are holding separate votes today, asking residents to answer the question on whether they want an independent republic or not.

Local authorities in Luhansk say the voter turnout has been 80 percent while in Donetsk 70 percent of eligible voters have turned up at polling stations. Pro-Russia activists say they will consider Ukraine's government forces as occupiers once the referendum is over.

The two regions, which are home to about 7.3 million of the 46 million population of Ukraine, have seen deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia protesters in recent weeks.

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