Ukraine launches 'anti-terrorist' operation in eastern city, 70 arrested

KIEV Tue Apr 8, 2014 2:35am EDT

1 of 2. Armed people in masks, representing Ukrainian special forces, stand guard outside the regional administration building in Kharkiv, April 8, 2014.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in the eastern city of Kharkiv and about 70 "separatists" have been arrested for seizing the regional administration building, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.

On his Facebook page, Avakov said: "An anti-terrorist operation has been launched. The city center is blocked along with metro stations. Do not worry. Once we finish, we will open them again."

Ukraine's Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency that those detained were suspected of "illegal activity related to separatism, the organization of mass disorder, damage to human health" and breaking other laws.

(reporting by Richard Balmforth, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Comments (11)
beerpatzer wrote:
One man’s terrorist is another man’s patriot = FACT

Apr 08, 2014 1:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kastin wrote:
Remind me again how the current “Government” came to power?

Apr 08, 2014 1:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:
I’d say: US government out of Ukraine, and mind your own damn business. By what right do you have anything to say in Ukraine? This is the business of Ukraine, and perhaps their neighbors. US sponsored putch government out! Who voted for you?

I am completely opposed to US moves in any other country of the world. Democracy means people solve their own problems.

Obama, Nuland, McCain, et al., deal with your own 99% and leave the rest of the world to deal as they like with their problems. You phonies’ ideas of democracy are completely undemocratic. Democracy belongs to the people, not some ideologues from some other country.

After spending $5B dollars subverting the Ukrainian government, what useful democratic input can you have to this stolen government?

Apr 08, 2014 2:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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