Raw: 2 Pro-Russian Groups Scuffle in Ukraine


During a pro-Russian rally in eastern Ukraine, two pro-Russian groups clashed, forcing the Ukrainian police to intervene. (March 23)



Donetsk, Ukraine - March 23, 2014

1. Various of pro-Russian protesters pushing security guards, mostly from self-styled Donbass People's Militia, to try to reach stage of pro-Russian rally organized by the Russian block

2. Mid tilt down from statue of Lenin to altercation between protesters

3. Various of pro-Russian protesters, demanding to be let on stage and chanting (Russian) "Microphone! Microphone!"

4. Mid of Russian Block Party security guards protecting stage and pushing some protesters

5. Wide Ukrainian police and protesters

6. Various of scuffles and people shouting at each other

7. Wide pan from stage to protesters


Two pro-Russian groups clashed on Sunday in a major city in Ukraine's east during a pro-Russian rally organised by a party called the Russian Block.

As the rally got underway in Donetsk a different group of local pro-Russian supporters, began accusing the Russian Block of being provocateurs and said they'd been paid to hold the rally.

They demanded access to the stage and when they were denied minor scuffles broke out with security officials from the self-styled Donbass People's Militia.

Donbass is the name for the region of factories and mines that includes Donetsk.

Ukrainian police then intervened to separate the two groups.

The scuffles follow a huge rally in the city on Saturday when more than 5,000 pro-Russia residents demonstrated in support of ousted President, Viktor Yanukovych and also voiced their support for holding a referendum on whether to seek to split off and become part of Russia.

Eastern Ukraine is the heartland of Ukraine's economically vital heavy industry and mining and the support base for Yanukovych.

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