KIEV, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian authorities have launched negotiations with pro-Russia activists who seized public buildings in three eastern cities, a Ukrainian interior official said Thursday.
"The talks are under way and we have involved a number of lawmakers into the negotiations," Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Sergey Yarovyj told reporters.
Describing the demands of pro-Russia demonstrators as "unacceptable," Yarovyj expressed the hope to find a mutually beneficial compromise with them to peacefully resolve the ongoing unrest.
Yarovyj stressed that the Ukrainian government would try to find the ways to avoid military confrontation.
In pro-Russian rallies in eastern Ukraine during the weekend, demonstrators seized government buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov, demanding a referendum and integration into Russia, as has happened in Crimea.
On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty to make the southern peninsula part of Russian territory after almost 97 percent of Crimean voters backed secession from Ukraine in a referendum.
Kiev has rejected the referendum and Crimea's integration into Russia, saying it was unconstitutional.