The regional headquarters in Eastern Ukraine has been stormed and taken over by pro-Russian separatists. Dozens of armed men used whatever weapons they could get their hands on, including metal bars, to smash the windows and make their way into the building shouting “Referendum Russia.” After they were able to breach the building, they flew the Russian flag over the building. The action comes as the United States and the European Union levies more sanctions on Russian leaders, a move the Russian government has once again criticized.
A large crowd of pro-Russian activists has stormed the regional administration’s headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk.
A few dozen men, some reportedly armed with metal bars, smashed windows and doors to break into the building.
Activists shouting “Referendum Russia” later flew a Russian flag over it.
Earlier, Russia criticised sanctions imposed by the US and EU on individuals and companies over their alleged actions aimed at destabilising Ukraine.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the US had “essentially lowered an ‘Iron Curtain'” by targeting Russia’s high-tech sector.
Mr Ryabkov also said the EU should be ashamed of extending its own sanctions and was “under Washington’s thumb”.