Ukrainian security forces have launched a crackdown against separatist protesters in the eastern city of Slaviansk.
The interior minister says this is an anti-terrorist operation. There are reports of deaths and wounded on both sides. Anti-Kiev protesters have occupied security buildings in the city, calling for a referendum and unification with Russia. Slaviansk is not the only city demanding separation. In Donetsk too, pro-Russia protesters have been holding the regional police headquarters since Saturday. Russia's supporters are also in control of the police headquarters in Kramatorsk. Protesters have rejected Kiev's offer of amnesty in return for leaving the government buildings they've seized. Calls for separation from Ukraine have become louder since Crimea joined neighboring Russia following a referendum last month.