Clashes grip Ukraine's Mariupol

Government forces battle pro-Russia separatists as Russia's Putin makes his first post-annexation visit to Crimea.

    Several people are reported to have died in some of the worst clashes yet between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in the eastern city of Mariupol.

    After two hours of fighting, the gun battle between government forces and pro-Russia activists subsided but the police headquarters remained on fire.

    The clashes came on the same day that Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, made his first visit to Crimea after Moscow annexed it from Ukraine in March.

    Several thousand people marched to Lenin Square in Donetsk, shouting slogans of solidarity with Moscow.

    Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Donetsk.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.