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Ukraine's government says demonstrators were driven out of Kharkiv' administration building Tuesday, while pro-Russian supporters hold onto other buildings in eastern Ukraine. (April 8)

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Kharkiv, Ukraine - 8 April 2014

1. Close-up man sweeping broken glass

2. Various of men sweeping pavement outside building where tires where burnt overnight

3. Police in balaclavas outside Kharkiv regional administration building

4. Barricades in building

5. Rubbish inside cloakroom

6. Various, arrested demonstrators lying face down on ground handcuffed

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Kiev, Ukraine - 8 April 2014

7. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Arsen Avakov, Interior Minister: (Transcript below)

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Washington, DC - 8 April 2014

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State: (Transcript below)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 8 April 2014

9. Night shots, fires in front of occupied building

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Luhansk, Ukraine - 8 April 2014

10. Mid of barricade with Russian flag

11. Various, barricades and barbed wire

12. Pull out from masked activist with Russian flag on shoulders standing in front of the Ukrainian Security services office (SBU) to people chanting "Russia"

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 7 April 2014

13. Razor wire and car tires at building entrance

14. Top shot of protesters with shields and car tires

15. Top shot of crowd

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Kiev, Ukraine - 8 April 2014

16. Close tracking shot of female lawmaker punching Svoboda party member whose physical interruption of communist party members speech started fight

17. Various of lawmakers fighting

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

IT IS TIME TO CLEAN UP IN UKRAINE'S KHARKIV GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS ...

(Nats)

CALLING IT AN ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATION, UKRAINIAN SECURITY FORCES DROVE PRO-RUSSIAN DEMONSTRATORS OUT OF THE REGIONAL BUILDING TUESDAY ...

MANY OF THOSE ARRESTED _ HANDCUFFED AND PUT FACE-DOWN IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING, GUARDED BY MASKED ARMED POLICE.

(SOT: Arsen Avakov, Ukrainian Interior Minister)

"In 18 minutes, we were able to liberate the building without firing any shots. About 70 people were detained, weapons were seized and the fire extinguished. At the moment, the administration building is under our control. There is armed security there and the situation is stable."

PRO-RUSSIA DEMONSTRATORS, HOWEVER, CONTINUED OCCUPYING THE DONETSK AND LUHANSK REGIONAL OFFICES, CALLING FOR A REFERENDUM.

IN WASHINGTON, SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY WARNED RUSSIA OF HARSHER ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IF IT DOESN'T BACK DOWN FROM INVOLVEMENT IN UKRAINE.

(SOT: John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State)

"Everything that we've seen in the last 48 hours from Russian provocateurs and agents operating in eastern Ukraine tells us that they've been sent their determined to create chaos and that is absolutely unacceptable."

HOSTILITY IS STRONG IN EASTERN UKRAINE TOWARD THE NEW GOVERNMENT THAT TOOK POWER IN FEBRUARY AFTER THE OUSTER OF KREMLIN-FRIENDLY PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH.

THE BUILDING'S SEIZURES ARE AN ECHO OF THE EVENTS THAT LED TO RUSSIA'S ANNEXATION OF UKRAINE'S CRIMEAN PENINSULA LAST MONTH.

MEANWHILE, TEMPERS FLARED IN UKRAINE'S PARLIAMENT TUESDAY.

A FISTFIGHT ERRUPTED AS NATIONALIST LAWMAKERS SCUFFLED WITH COMMUNISTS, AFTER THE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF CRACKING DOWN ON DISSENT.

TRACY BROWN/Associated Press

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