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Pro-Russian activists seize television station in Donetsk

This is the latest blow to the Ukrainian government as they try to avoid an escalation of violence and resist Russian aggression in the region.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   April 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM
DONETSK, Ukraine, April 28 (UPI) -- Pro-Russian activists seized a television station in Donetsk Sunday and quickly switched all of the channels from Ukrainian television to pro-Kremlin channels.

Around 300 pro-Russian protesters left a rally in Donetsk's Lenin Square and approached the regional television center, pulling down Ukrainian flags along the way. The police looked on but did not intervene when they stormed the station, took the staff into custody, and raised the "People's Republic of Donetsk" flag over the building in place of the Ukrainian flag.

Not long after the the building was seized, the director of the station, Oleg Dzholos, emerged and said the there was technician with the activists who was turning all of the stations to Rossiya 24, a pro-Kremlin channel that often calls the new Ukrainian government "fascists" and depicts their images along with those of Nazis.

Dzholos said that they will continue working Monday morning under the close guard of armed men.

"We hope to continue broadcasting," Dzholos said. "It's difficult to work in these circumstances. I hope we might be safe here."

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