Pro-Russia protesters occupying government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk have rejected an amnesty offer by the government.
Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov promised on Thursday not to prosecute the protesters if they evacuate before a Friday morning deadline.
Protesters, however, turned down the offer, saying they would only end the four-day siege if the government agreed to hold a referendum on the future of the region.
The protesters also called on others to defy the pro-Western government in Kiev.
Pro-Russia demonstrators have seized several state buildings in eastern parts of Ukraine since Crimea joined the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16.