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Calm in Slaviansk after some Ukrainian troops side with separatists

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:26

April 16 - Some residents of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine say they feel safer after some Ukrainian troops sided with pro-Russian protesters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A sense of calm in the rebel-held town of Slaviansk as some residents express faith in the pro-Russian forces currently controlling the Ukrainian town. This man just wants security. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK RESIDENT STEPAN, SAYING: "I want stability. It is not important for me whether there is a Russian or Ukrainian flag, as long as I have something to eat, something to dress my child in. I don't want to walk around thinking, 'What am I going to do tomorrow? How am I going to feed my family? I want to work, to enjoy my work and get decent pay.'" Pro-Russian separatists continue to occupy government buildings -- bringing comfort to some residents. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK RESIDENT, INNA, SAYING: "My opinion of the situation in our city is very positive. I am happy to welcome here these guys who are now defending all our interests. In the future, we are expecting a referendum. It is necessary, and it looks like that the the results will be we - want to join Russia." Some Ukrainian military vehicles are now being manned by separatists after some troops sided with pro-Russian protesters. The military setback leaves Kiev looking weak on the eve of a peace conference on Thursday, when its foreign minister will meet his Russian, U.S. and European counterparts in Geneva.

Calm in Slaviansk after some Ukrainian troops side with separatists

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 - 01:26

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