May 1 - Separatists in Donetsk storm their way through riot police lines and take over the prosecutors office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Pro-Russian protesters stormed the prosecutor's office in the separatist-held city of Donetsk on Thursday, lobbing stones and smashing windows after accusing the office of working for the Western-backed government in Kiev.
Hundreds of riot police were guarding the prosecutor's office building when separatist protesters who had been on a May Day march earlier in the day rallied to the front.
A full confrontation broke out soon after as demonstrators faced off with the riot police and then kicked their shields.
They lobbed stones at the surrounded security forces who had no where to go. At first police responded by beating the demonstrators with their batons but were quickly overrun by the angry mob.
Several of the police forces ran to the back of the building whilst others had to negotiate their way out from under their shields as mobs waited to lynch them.
The riot police eventually made a tortoise formation behind a gate. Men shouted at the protesters in the front of the gate saying 'Go away they will surrender and disarm' referring to the police.
Crowds behind shouted 'Fascists!'.
Injured police had to be escorted out of the scrum.
Donetsk, a city of about 1 million people in Ukraine's industrial east, is at the center of an armed uprising across the steel and coal belt by mainly Russian-speakers threatening to secede from Ukraine.
The violence, in a city already largely under the control of separatists, underscored the shifting security situation and suspicions in the region.