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In pictures: Pro-Russian rebels attack Ukraine ‘unity’ rally in Donetsk

© Mehdi Chebil / FRANCE 24

Video by Douglas HERBERT

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-29

Over a dozen people rallying for national unity in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were wounded on Monday when they were brutally attacked by masked pro-Russia militants wielding baseball bats and hurling rocks and stun grenades.

It started out as a peaceful demonstration for Ukrainian unity by supporters of the interim authorities in Kiev in Donetsk, the industrial heart of eastern Ukraine. But the arrival of pro-Moscow militiamen – some of them shouting “Russia” – led to a rapid deterioration of the situation even as riot police attempted to hold back the attackers. At least 10 of the victims were admitted to hospital for treatment.

The bloody demonstration in Kiev came as the US slapped new sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, prompting Moscow to denounce Washington’s “Cold War” tactics.

On the ground in eastern Ukraine, Monday’s clashes in Donetsk underscored the deep divisions that have gripped the region following the February overthrow of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March.

 

Date created : 2014-04-28

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