Raw: Opposing Rallies Highlight Ukraine Tensions


Hundreds of pro-Ukrainian demonstrators gathered in Crimea to protest against a referendum planned by the regional parliament on leaving Ukraine to join Russia. In eastern Ukraine, protesters hoisted a Russia flag amid cheers of support. (March 9)



Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine - 9 March 2014

1. Wide shot of hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Shevchenko Square, waving Ukrainian flags

2. Mid shot bust of Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko with pro-Ukrainian demonstrators waving Crimean Tatar flags and Ukrainian flags

3. Pensioner Zeineb Abdurafeevna chanting (Ukrainian) "Ukraine"

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Name, Occupation:

5. Mid of women chanting with a Ukrainian flag

6. Pan right from woman holding placard to old man holding placard in support of demonstration

7. Close of man holding placard


Donetsk, Ukraine - 9 March 2014

8. Mid of pro-Russian demonstrators tying Russian flag to flag pole

9. Wide of crowd at administration building, zoom in to Russian flag being raised

10. Wide pan right of people chanting (Russian) "Russia! Russia!"

11. Mid of demonstrators chanting (Russian) "Russia! Russia!"

12. Various of demonstrators waving Russian flags

13. Mid of demonstrators standing face-to-face with riot police


Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Crimean regional capital, Simferopol on Sunday in support of the interim authorities in Kiev and against a referendum planned by the regional parliament on leaving Ukraine to join Russia.

About 500 people, some wearing yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags on their shoulders like capes, came out to oppose the referendum, scheduled to take place on March 16.

People handed out fliers, one of which laid out the economic troubles that joining Russia would supposedly cause.

The demonstrators were marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko, whose bust stood amongst them in the park.

Some pro-Russians drove by, shouting "Moscow, Moscow!" from their cars, but there was no trouble.

Meanwhile in the eastern city of Donetsk, pro-Russian demonstrators gathered outside the regional administration building and raised the Russian flag.

Demonstrators walked through downtown Donetsk chanting: "Russia! Russia!".

About 5,000 people took part in the rally.

A rally against Russian intervention in Ukraine in the same city was cancelled on Sunday when hundreds of opposing demonstrators halted the construction of the stage.

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