LONDON, April 8 Britain said on Tuesday events
in eastern Ukraine looked to be part of a Russian strategy to
destabilise the country, saying it was "gravely concerned" by
pro-Russian protesters' seizure of government buildings.
"There can be no justification for this action, which bears
all the hallmarks of a Russian strategy to destabilise Ukraine,"
British Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament, saying
the seizures looked like part of a strategy to damage the
credibility of Ukraine's forthcoming presidential election.
Police detained 70 people occupying a regional
administration building in eastern Ukraine overnight, but
pro-Moscow protesters held out in a standoff in two other cities
in what Kiev called a Russian-led plan to dismember the country.
(Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by