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Pro-Russia separatist fighters refuse to disarm despite an agreement by the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine.
Last updated: 21 Apr 2014 07:35
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Donetsk, Ukraine - Pro-Russian armed groups and crowds of unarmed residents have been confronting local authorities trying to reclaim government buildings and territory in eastern Ukraine. In the Donetsk region, separatist groups have taken full control of several locations along the strategic railway line that connects the major cities in the east of the country. 

Atop administrative buildings and police stations, the Ukrainian flag has now been replaced by the the tricolour of Russia. These moves are seen by many in Kiev as the acts of an "illegal revolutionary junta" maintaining close relations with Moscow - which the West accuses of being the main instigator in the crisis. 

In an attempt to regain control of the country, Kiev's government announced the beginning of an anti-terrorist operation intended to suppress various separatist movements. So far, the operation has shown little sign of success. 

Even though the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine agreed to the disarmament of many pro-Russian fighters in exchange for a regional referendum, the hope of calming tensions seems to be fading, as separatist leaders refuse to accept the pact. 


/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Pro-Russia activists stand guard at a newly built checkpoint outside Druzhkivka, a city in the eastern Donetsk region. In the past couple of weeks, several cities and villages in the eastern region of Ukraine have been taken under control by separatist armed groups who reject the newly appointed government in Kiev.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

A pro-Russia activist carries cobblestones that will be used to fortify a newly built barricade around the Donbass Regional Government building in central Donetsk, hours before the end of the 48-hour deadline given by the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the activists to evacuate the building.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Barricades around the building, occupied for more than two weeks, have been fortified throughout the day, as the ultimatum given by the government in Kiev for activists to abandon the building approaches the 48-hour deadline.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Pro-Russia activists stand guard at a barricade near the police station in Slavyansk. The eastern Ukrainian city was taken under control by a separatist armed group early in the week and is now slated to be one of the focal points for the "anti-terrorist" operation announced by Kiev.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

A pro-Russia activist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk carries a religious icon as hundreds of protesters block a column of Ukrainian troops in armoured vehicles. 



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

A Ukrainian man kisses the Donetsk regional flag as pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, 24 hours after the army regained control of the airbase in an operation that reportedly killed four pro-Russian fighters.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

A column of Ukrainian troops riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks were blocked by pro-Russia activists in Kramatorsk.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Pro-Russia activists prevent a column of Ukraine's military from heading towards Kramatorsk's airfield, where the National Guard is establishing an "anti-terrorist" operation, in order to regain control of several locations seized by separatist fighters.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

The commander of a column of Ukrainian soldiers riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, blocked by pro-Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, attempts to negotiate free passage for the convoy. 



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

An Ukrainian soldier sheds a tear while their route is blocked by pro-Russian activists in Kramatorsk.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

A pro-Russian protester is seen carrying a bunch of balloons in the colour of the Russian flag, during a small protest at Donetsk airport.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Hundreds of pro-Ukraine protesters rally in central Donetsk.



/Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Al Jazeera

Ukrainian riot police officers stand guard at a pro-Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.




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Pro-Russia activists stand guard at a newly built checkpoint outside Druzhkivka, a city in the eastern Donetsk region. In the past couple of weeks, several cities and villages in the eastern region of Ukraine have been taken under control by separatist armed groups who reject the newly appointed government in Kiev.

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A pro-Russia activist carries cobblestones that will be used to fortify a newly built barricade around the Donbass Regional Government building in central Donetsk, hours before the end of the 48-hour deadline given by the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the activists to evacuate the building.

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Barricades around the building, occupied for more than two weeks, have been fortified throughout the day, as the ultimatum given by the government in Kiev for activists to abandon the building approaches the 48-hour deadline.

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Pro-Russia activists stand guard at a barricade near the police station in Slavyansk. The eastern Ukrainian city was taken under control by a separatist armed group early in the week and is now slated to be one of the focal points for the "anti-terrorist" operation announced by Kiev.

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A pro-Russia activist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk carries a religious icon as hundreds of protesters block a column of Ukrainian troops in armoured vehicles. 

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A Ukrainian man kisses the Donetsk regional flag as pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, 24 hours after the army regained control of the airbase in an operation that reportedly killed four pro-Russian fighters.

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A column of Ukrainian troops riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks were blocked by pro-Russia activists in Kramatorsk.

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The commander of a column of Ukrainian soldiers riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, blocked by pro-Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, attempts to negotiate free passage for the convoy. 

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An Ukrainian soldier sheds a tear while their route is blocked by pro-Russian activists in Kramatorsk.

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A pro-Russian protester is seen carrying a bunch of balloons in the colour of the Russian flag, during a small protest at Donetsk airport.

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Hundreds of pro-Ukraine protesters rally in central Donetsk.

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Ukrainian riot police officers stand guard at a pro-Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.

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Pro Russia activists take guard at a newly build checkpoint outside Druzhkivka. In past couple of weeks, several cities and villages in the eastern regions of Ukraine, have been taken under control by separatists militias who rejected the newly appointed government in Kiev.

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Pro Russia activists take guard at a newly build checkpoint outside Druzhkivka. In past couple of weeks, several cities and villages in the eastern regions of Ukraine, have been taken under control by separatists militias who rejected the newly appointed government in Kiev.

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A pro Russia activist carries cobblestones to be used to fortify a newly build barricade set up around the Donbass Regional Government building in central Donetsk, hours before the end of the 48 hour deadline given by the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the activists to evacuate the building.

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A pro Russia activist carries cobblestones to be used to fortify a newly build barricade set up around the Donbass Regional Government building in central Donetsk, hours before the end of the 48 hour deadline given by the Ukrainian government in Kiev for the activists to evacuate the building.

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Barricades around the building, occupied for more than two weeks, have been fortified throughout the day, as the ultimatum given by the government in Kiev for the activists to abandon the building within 48 hours, is approaching its deadline.

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Barricades around the building, occupied for more than two weeks, have been fortified throughout the day, as the ultimatum given by the government in Kiev for the activists to abandon the building within 48 hours, is approaching its deadline.

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Pro Russia activists take guard at a barricade near the police station in Slavyansk. The eastern Ukranian city was taken under control by a separatist militia early in the week and is now one of the focal points for the mega operation anti-terrorist announced by the government in Kiev.

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Pro Russia activists take guard at a barricade near the police station in Slavyansk. The eastern Ukranian city was taken under control by a separatist militia early in the week and is now one of the focal points for the mega operation anti-terrorist announced by the government in Kiev.

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A pro Russia activist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, carries a religious image as hundreds of protestors block a column of Ukrainian army men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, in the Donetsk region.

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A pro Russia activist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, carries a religious image as hundreds of protestors block a column of Ukrainian army men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, in the Donetsk region.

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A Ukrainian man kisses the Donetsk regional flag as pro Russia protesters gathered in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, 24 hours after the army regain control of the airbase in an operation that reportedly end up with the death of four pro Russia militia men.

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A Ukrainian man kisses the Donetsk regional flag as pro Russia protesters gathered in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, 24 hours after the army regain control of the airbase in an operation that reportedly end up with the death of four pro Russia militia men.

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A column of Ukrainian military men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks are blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region.

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A column of Ukrainian military men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks are blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region.

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Pro Russia activists, in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, bring to an halt a column of Ukrainian military men and war tanks heading towards the city's airfield, where the National Guard is establishing base for a mega anti terrorist operation announced by the government in Kiev, in order to regain the control of several locations taken under control by separatist militias.

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Pro Russia activists, in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, bring to an halt a column of Ukrainian military men and war tanks heading towards the city's airfield, where the National Guard is establishing base for a mega anti terrorist operation announced by the government in Kiev, in order to regain the control of several locations taken under control by separatist militias.

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The commander of a column of Ukrainian men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, attempts to negotiate with the protestors a free passage for the convoy.

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The commander of a column of Ukrainian men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks, blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, attempts to negotiate with the protestors a free passage for the convoy.

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An Ukrainian soldier cries as a column of Ukrainian men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks are blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region.

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An Ukrainian soldier cries as a column of Ukrainian men riding on armoured personnel carriers and tanks are blocked by pro Russia activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region.

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Pro Russia protestor is seen carrying a bunch of balloons, with Russian flag colours, during a small scale protest at Donetsk airport.

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Pro Russia protestor is seen carrying a bunch of balloons, with Russian flag colours, during a small scale protest at Donetsk airport.

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Hundreds of pro Ukraine protestors rally in support of an unified country, in central Donetsk.

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Hundreds of pro Ukraine protestors rally in support of an unified country, in central Donetsk.

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Ukrainian riot policemen take guard at a pro Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.

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Ukrainian riot policemen take guard at a pro Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.

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A Ukrainian policeman takes guard at a pro Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.

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A Ukrainian policeman takes guard at a pro Ukraine rally in central Donetsk.



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