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Anti-Kiev protesters take control of govt buildings in Lugansk Region, east Ukraine

Published time: April 29, 2014 12:26
Edited time: April 29, 2014 16:32

RIA Novosti / Vitaly Belousov

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Anti-government protesters have taken control of the regional administration building and prosecutor’s office in the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. Protests continue as the deadline for the protesters’ ultimatum to the government expired.

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“The building is ours. That’s it,” local protest leader Oleg Dereko told RIA Novosti.

“A regional administration building has been taken by storm,” an activist who asked not to be named has told RT. “A coordination committee and militia are now inside and are getting ready for an emergency meeting.”

The Ukrainian flag on the building has been replaced with Russia's tricolor.

Another activist, who said he is now inside the regional administration office, has told RT that the building was seized without using any weapons. He has said that anti-government protesters are now negotiating with armed police, who activists blocked in the back yard, in order to persuade them to surrender their weapons and leave.

A small group of guards barricaded themselves in one of the corridors of the building, according to footage from the scene. The protesters convinced them to leave.

The protesters, some of them armed with clubs and metal shields, have spread throughout the building.

No injuries or violence were reported during the takeover.

"There are no injured. We are peaceful people,” Dereko said.

The police guards from the building have gathered in the courtyard. They are standing holding their shields, while protesters, who are also present there, cheer them for not confronting the activists with violence.

Fortifications quickly moved into place at government building in central #Lugansk,v few police still in building now

— GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 29, 2014

Protesters rallied towards the regional administration building when none of the officials responded to their ultimatum to local government issued on Sunday. The people are demanding amnesty for all political prisoners, the holding of a referendum and making Russian also an official language.

"We waited till 14:00 local time, the time we expected the reply by. No answer was received. Kiev has completely ignored our demands,” Oleg Dereko told RIA Novosti.

Aleksey Uskoryakin, another protest leader, said the take-over was not planned. The protesters wanted to hold a rally and send a delegation to talk to regional MPs, but they were absent in the building. Emotions got the better of the situation, resulting in seizure of the building, in which several windows were broken.

RIA Novosti / Vitaly Belousov

The protesters are contemplating a possible release of the building, “if the governor and lawmakers agree to negotiate.”

Activists estimate there are over 3, 000 people remain outside the building and more continue to arrive.

“There are over 3,000 people on the square. People are arriving; the square is filling up with people. The governor has not come out yet and no announcements have been made. Everyone is waiting for a response on the ultimatum, the deadline has passed already,” Dereko told the news agency.

Several hundred protesters then moved to the local prosecutor’s office, which they seized shortly after.

According to media estimates, some 700 people approached the building and started hurling stones, breaking windows and knocking down doors. It took them ten minutes to get inside, Interfax news agency reported.

The agency stressed that no law enforcement officers were at the scene.

Comments (517)


Muhammad Abbass 01.05.2014 04:01

Jim Carroll 30.04.2014 07:50

I see RT is lying again! Reuters witnesses (along with photos) state that about 20 armed men fired automatic weapons and grenades and stormed the building before turning it over to locals.


Th e Western media has lost all credibility even with the majority of Westerners and in contrast to your delusional or wishful thinking Russian and Iranian media have earned that credibility instead. Increasingly Westerners like me view these as the most reliable sources. Reuters is just Western media central. It's Zionist Jew media and doesn't carry much cred anymore.


Maximus Brutus 30.04.2014 16:04

Jim Carroll 30.04.2014 07:50

I see RT is lying again! Reuters witnesses (along with photos) state that about 20 armed men fired automatic weapons and grenades and stormed the building before turning it over to locals.


I see you are TROLLING again! If you don't believe your own eyes go listen geobels-us-controlle d- brainwashing-100% and utterly false & lying mainstream media, stop polluting this site 20h per day, pathetic creature..


Jeanie Anderson 30.04.2014 04:00

Yevgeni 30.04.2014 03:11

My father is from Western Ukraine, Ternopil - that is the powerhouse of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector. And even he supports Russia and believes that Russia was always Ukraine's best ally.


I am American, but I don't subscribe to the policies of the Obama regime. I and many others believe that Obama is too incompetent and inexperienced to be President and is bad for our country. Your Dad should support Ukraine, not Russia. Do everything for Ukraine's benefit, not Russia's. The Bear will eat Ukrainians alive until there's nothing left of you.

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