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Separatists Seized Control in another Ukrainian City
May 03, 2014

Hundreds of pro-Russia separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine's provincial capitals and holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia.

New U.S. and EU sanctions packages, announced with fanfare, were seen as so mild that Russian share prices rose in relief. A small number of names were added to existing blacklists, while threats to take more serious measures were put on hold.

Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by threatening to reconsider Western participation in energy deals in Russia, where most major US and European oil companies have extensive projects.

Demonstrators smashed their way into the provincial government headquarters in Luhansk, Ukraine's eastern-most province, which abuts the Russian border, and raised separatist flags over the building, while police did nothing to interfere. The rebels also seized the prosecutor's office and the television centre.

The separatist operation in Luhansk appears to give the pro-Rusia rebels control of a second provincial capital. They already control much of neighboring Donetsk province, where they have proclaimed an independent People's Republic of Donetsk and declared a referendum on secession for May 11.

Adding control of Luhansk would give them sway over the entire Donbass coalfield—an unbroken swath of territory adjacent to Russia—where giant steel  smelters and heavy plants account for around a third of Ukraine's industrial output.

It is the heart of a region that Vladimir Putin described earlier this month as New Russia, reviving a term from when the tsars conquered it in the 18th and 19th centuries. Most people who live in the area now identify themselves as Ukrainians but speak Russian as their first language.


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