Pro-Russia protestors gather outside prosecutor's office in Donetsk, Ukraine, May 1, 2014. Pro-Russia protestors stormed the prosecutor's office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency. Hundreds of protestors entered the building after they gathered outside and accused the prosecutors of working for the pro-Western government in Kiev. (Xinhua/Jia Yuchen)
KIEV, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Pro-Russia protesters stormed the prosecutor's office in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk on Thursday, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
Hundreds of protesters entered the building after they gathered outside and accused the prosecutors of working for the pro-Western government in Kiev.
Pro-Russia demonstrators have been staging protests in eastern Ukraine since early April, demanding a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.
Tensions have continued to rise in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants are engaged in conflicts with government troops and have detained military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
In Donetsk region, administrative buildings in about 10 towns are under the control of demonstrators, while Donetsk reportedly is threatening to hold a referendum on May 11.
In another development, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Ukraine had detained Russia's military attache, accusing him of receiving classified information.
The ministry said the Russian diplomat was caught "red-handed" on Wednesday and Kiev had ordered his expulsion.
Ukraine's security service said the diplomat was a Russian intelligence officer who had been collecting information on Ukraine's cooperation with NATO.
Ukraine's security service spokeswoman Maryna Ostapenko said the attache had been released to the Russian embassy and ordered to leave.
MOSCOW, May 1 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for an immediate "extensive national dialogue" in Ukraine, amid rising tension in that country's east and southeast.
"Putin emphasized that it was imperative today to withdraw all military units from the southeastern regions (of Ukraine) and stop the violence," the Kremlin press service said, citing a telephone conversation between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Full story
MOSCOW, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Ministry urged Ukraine not to use armed force in its southeastern regions Thursday, saying it would lead to a catastrophe.
"Moscow is seriously worried by media reports about the Kiev regime's plans to carry out a special assault operation in the southeastern regions of the country using ultra-nationalist Right Sector units," it said in a statement. Full story
PRAGUE, April 30 (Xinhua) - The President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy said Wednesday the EU should help stabilize the situation in Ukraine not only through diplomatic steps but also financially.
Van Rompuy made the remarks during his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague. Full story