Ukraine crisis

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buildings stormed in tense May Day scene

May Day celebrations in


turned violent as pro-Russian separatists clashed with police as they stormed the prosecutor's office.

Police initially used tear gas to control the crowd but later handed over their weapons.

At one point police made a tortoise formation with their shields in a bid to protect themselves from attackers.

Protesters are reported to have shouted "fascists" as they forced their way into the building, forcing the police to leave.

Celebrations in the town began peacefully with hundreds of communists marching through the city singing Soviet era anthems.

Separatists are also reported to have seized the council of Amvrosievka, also in the



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Pro-Russian militants seize


prosecutor's office

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Ukraine reinstates military conscription

Ukraine's acting President

Olexander Turchynov

has reinstated military conscription to deal with deteriorating security in the east of the country.

Ukraine blames Russia for organising the seizures of a number of offices in the east, a claim Moscow denies.

Some 40,000 Russian troops are stationed near the Ukrainian border.

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Why do some Ukrainians want to be part of Russia?

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Putin calls for Ukrainian troops to withdraw from South-East

Vladimir Putin has called for Ukrainian troops to pull out of the south-east of the country, in a conversation with Angela Merkel on Thursday.

The Russian president said military withdrawal, an end to violence and a national dialogue were the key issues in Ukraine, according to a Kremlin briefing on the phone conversation.

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Merkel asks for Putin's help in freeing EU hostages

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to urge him to use his influence with pro-Russia militants holding seven European military observers hostage in eastern Ukraine, official sources in Berlin and Moscow said.

But the Kremlin press service account of the phone call said Putin told Merkel that "the main thing" that needs to be done is for Ukraine's interim government to withdraw its forces from the southeast regions of the country.

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Ukraine detains Russian diplomat for 'spying'

Ukraine has detained Russia's military attaché to Kiev on suspicion of spying and ordered the diplomat to leave the country, as the former Soviet republic wrestles with a pro-Russian armed uprising in the east.

The unnamed diplomat was detained on Wednesday while undertaking "intelligence activities", according to reports.

Ukraine accuses Russia of orchestrating the fall of towns and cities across its industrial east to pro-Russian separatists over the past month, spearheaded by well-organised gunmen in masks and military fatigues.