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PHOTOS: Defiant militia strike again in Ukraine

May 01, 2014 09:32 IST

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The spiralling crisis in Ukraine has resulted in Russia and the United States stepping up the rhetoric as defiant pro-Russian militant took control of key buildings in the country's chaotic east.  

Pro-Russia rebels, led by a heavily armed mob, took control of the police station in Lugansk after a stand-off with tear gas and shots fired.

Police tried to hold off an angry mob of some 1,000 demonstrators with grenades and tear gas but eventually turned over their headquarters and weapons to the rebels.

The building in Ukraine's Donetsk region is the latest to fall under the control of pro-Russian militants.

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Image: A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the local police headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.
Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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A pro-Russian activist holds a mace outside the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists seized the regional government headquarters in Luhansk on Tuesday, unopposed by police, underlining the lack of control of central government over swathes of eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Pro-Russian supporters gather outside the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists seized the regional government headquarters in Luhansk on Tuesday, unopposed by police, underlining the lack of control of central government over swathes of eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Pro-Russian armed men level automatic rifles near the local police headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine opened fire with automatic weapons and threw stun grenades at the local police headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk on Tuesday, a Reuters photographer said.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Pro-Russian armed men take cover behind cars near the local police headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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A man holds a stick outside the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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Pro-Russian activists attack the regional administration building in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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A pro-Russian activist burns portraits and Ukrainian state symbols outside regional prosecutor's office in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

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Pro-Russian armed men walk near the local police headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine opened fire with automatic weapons and threw stun grenades at the local police headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk on Tuesday, a Reuters photographer said.


Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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