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Pro-Russian activists rally for peace

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:35

May 31 - Thousands of Pro-Russian activists call for peace in Donetsk as Ukraine's ''anti-terrorist'' military operation pushes ahead. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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A Pro-Russian separatist is laid to rest in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. 46-year-old Vasily Burov was killed on Thursday in the Donetsk region during Ukraine's ongoing "anti-terrorist" military operation. As Ukrainian military planes flew above Donetsk Saturday, some two-thousand Pro-Russian activists took to the city square demanding peace. SOUNDBITE (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT SVETLANA SAYING: "Here are the ordinary residents of Donetsk, we are being killed from all directions. There is army surrounding us. It has to be stopped immediately, I don't know by what means or methods, but the army should be withdrawn from here. Now Donetsk residents are being killed and that's why we are here." Waving flags of Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, the crowd sang along to a popular Soviet-era song. Signs showed support for the Donbass region where the pro-Russian separatist movement has taken hold. Leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said he would continue to fight for a break from Kiev. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF SELF-PROCLAIMED DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC DENIS PUSHILIN, SAYING: "Ahead of us is at least the whole southeast (of Ukraine), but I'm sure we will advance further." Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter. Ukrainian authorities blame Moscow for stoking rebellion among its largely Russian-speaking population in the east.

Pro-Russian activists rally for peace

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:35

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