Pro-Russian activists lobbing paving stones and firecrackers have seized control of the regional prosecutor’s office in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
It’s the latest government building to be stormed by separatists as they tighten their grip on the largely Russian-speaking east of the country.
Under attack, riot police loyal to Kyiv were forced to flee. After trapping them against the front of the
building, protesters let some security officers inside escape. A number of them were badly wounded.
There were injuries on both sides.
‘Fascists’ the crowd cried – their view of the Western-backed government in the capital.
Donetsk has already declared a ‘People’s Republic’ and called a breakaway referendum, to be held on May 11.
Ukraine claims Russia has orchestrated the uprising – something Moscow denies.
As the rebels claimed their latest prize, central government has reinstated compulsory military service for men aged between 18 and 25 – conscious that in the east it is rapidly losing control.