Raw: Pro-Russian Insurgents Occupy Gov. Building

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Gunmen in camouflage uniforms stood guard on Tuesday outside seized government offices in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine. (April 30)

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Luhansk, Ukraine - April 30, 2014

1. Mid of militia men in army fatigues and carrying guns patrol Luhansk regional administration building

2. Wide of seized government building, with barricade at front entrance

3. Mid of pro-Russian insurgents stand outside entrance to seized government building

4. Various of insurgents outside seized building entrance

5. Mid of hallway of seized government building

6. Mid of masked men standing on stairs in seized government building

7. Mid of Pro-Russian armed insurgents standing at entrance to seized government building

8. Tight of bars on window and smashed glass

9. Tight of barricade outside of seized government building

10. Various of masked men holding guns

STORYLINE:

Gunmen in camouflage uniforms stood guard on Tuesday outside seized government offices in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine.

Armed militias are now in control of most government offices in the city, including the regional administration building and prosecutor's office.

Barricades made from tires and barbed wire have been built outside the city's regional administration building, windows smashed and sandbags placed in bottom windows.

But one insurgent, Oleg Desyatnichenko, said that despite the fact the building was now being occupied by militia groups, employees had come to work as usual.

Russian flags flew alongside the ribbon of St George, increasingly seen in Ukraine as a pro-Russian symbol, while emblems of Ukraine were smashed and thrown on the ground.

After talks with the insurgents it was agreed that Luhansk TV would broadcast as normal said Vitaly Karkusha, Acting General Director of Luhansk Television.

But a local police spokesperson told reporters that armed men had attempted to seize the regional police headquarters on Monday, but the building remained in the hands of Ukrainian police.

Insurgents now control buildings in about a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine, demanding broader regional rights as well as greater ties or outright annexation by Russia.

Eastern Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population, was the heartland of support for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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