Pro-Russians smash in Prosecutor's office in Donetsk
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 01:14
March 16 - Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine smash in a prosecutor's office, while others rally under a Lenin statue, in bid to have a referendum to join Russia as well. Gavino Garay reports.
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Results of a referendum vote likely to make Crimea part of Russia aren't in.
That doesn't matter for these pro-Russian protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
They're smashing in the Prosecutor's office.
They too, want a referendum for their city to become part of Russia.
(NAT SOUND OF CHANTING "RUSSIA!" "RUSSIA!")
They're replacing a Ukrainian flag with a Russian one.
Meanwhile, others rally at the foot of a Lenin statue.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KHARKIV RALLY PARTICIPANT, YULIA KURACHKO, SAYING:
"I personally want to separate from Ukraine and unite with Russia because we have such disorder here."
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RALLY PARTICIPANT, NO NAME GIVEN, SAYING:
"We are one people. We and Russia - we are one people. To unite, they're saying it's some kind of unification - it's a natural process, Slavic people will be together. This is for sure."
Western countries say the referendum vote in neighboring Crimea is being held at the barrel of a gun.
Raising tensions to the highest they've been since the Cold War.
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