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“We demand from the authorities to immediately give up any use of force against the region, pull the troops back to garrisons, ban the dispatch of any illegal military groups to the Donetsk region,” said the report posted on the website of the regional council.
Meanwhile, mobilization of supporters of federal Ukraine has been announced in connection with a punitive operation the Kiev authorities kick-started in the region’s city of Sloviansk. The “active phase” of the punitive operation began on the outskirts of Sloviansk early on Thursday.
Armored vehicles are pulled in, and snipers take their positions. Fire was opened on units of self-defense movement protesting against the new authorities in Kiev. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry says five protesters were killed.