Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Search of Air Algerie crash site continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy, Hollande and the scooter wars

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Confusion online over Air Algérie flight

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

  • In pictures: Debris and devastation at Air Algérie Flight AH5017 crash scene

    Read more

  • Kerry heads to Paris for new round of Gaza peace talks

    Read more

  • ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Europe

The towns in east Ukraine seized by pro-Moscow separatists

© Afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-12

Pro-Russian rebels have seized administrative buildings in more than a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine since mid-April. Below is a rundown of the 16 cities that are at least partly under separatist control.

Slaviansk

A Ukrainian offensive was launched before dawn on May 2 to retake the city of Slaviansk, which has been the stronghold of clashes, abductions and separatist activity since April 12, when pro-Russian gunmen seized the police headquarters, the town hall and the Ukrainian security services (SBU) building. The interior ministry in Kiev estimates that 30-50 Ukrainian security services personnel are held there, as well as seven Europeans from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). The town has an estimated population of between 120,000 and 140,000 people.

Donetsk

This city of one million people is the hub of the Donetsk region, which includes Slaviansk, and is at the heart of what separatist rebels have declared is now the "Donetsk Republic". The regional administrative building was seized April 6 and the city hall on April 16. Violent scenes erupted on April 28 when men armed with knives, baseball bats and iron bars attacked a pro-Kiev rally. Separatists seized the city's prosecutor's office on May 1.

Lugansk (or Luhansk)

This city of 465,000 inhabitants, which is also the regional heart of the Lugansk region, has been proclaimed the core of a self-styled "Lugansk Republic". Its Ukrainain SBU security services building was taken over on April 6 by some 1,000 pro-Russian protesters. On April 29 a crowd of hundreds, led by militants, took over the regional administrative building, the prosecutor's office and the local TV station. They laid siege to the regional police headquarters but withdrew when the police chief agreed to resign. The rebels left the prosecutor's office and the TV station on May 2 following negotiations.

Kramatorsk

Just next to Slaviansk and 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Donetsk, this town of 160,000 inhabitants saw its town hall taken over on April 12 during a rally by more than 1,000 pro-Russian demonstrators. On April 15, a bomb alert that turned out to be false cleared the building, but militants took over the nearby SBU security building. On April 21 pro-Russian militants forcibly took back the town hall. A Ukraine military base lies outside the town and has repelled several attacks.

Gorlivka (also known as Horlivka): With a population of 260,000, the town saw a local police building seized on April 14. On April 30, militants took control of its regional police department and the town hall.

Makiivka: Close to Donetsk and with 360,000 inhabitants, the town hall was taken over on April 13.

Alchevsk: The city of 120,000 people saw its town hall taken over on April 30 by militants, who met no resistance.

Artemivsk: Population 78,000. The town hall has been occupied by pro-Russian activists since April 12.

Yenakieve: The police headquarters and the prosecutor's office taken over on April 13. Population 85,000.

Khartsyzk: Town hall seized on April 14; 60,000 inhabitants.

Zhdanivka: Town hall seized on April 14; 14,000 inhabitants.

Kirovske: Town hall seized on April 14; 28,000 inhabitants.

Torez: Town hall seized on April 15; 80,000 inhabitants.

Kostyantynivka: Town hall seized on April 28; 80,000 inhabitants.

Pervomaisk: Town hall seized on April 29; 40,000 inhabitants.

Stakhanov: Town hall seized on May 2; 90,000 inhabitants.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-05-02

  • UKRAINE

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake rebel-held city of Slaviansk

    Read more

  • Ukraine

    Police ‘helpless’ as separatists tighten grip on eastern Ukraine

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

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

    Read more

COMMENT(S)