Ukraine’s Turchynov cancels trip to Lithuania to combat pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Luhansk

Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov canceled his trip to Lithuania to lead the nation’s campaign against pro-Russian separatist movements that flared in Donetsk and Luhansk on April 6.

About 200 pro-Russian separatists took over the government’s oblast building in Donetsk earlier on April 6 and issued an ultimatum to the council to convene for an emergency session by midnight and approve a date for an independence referendum in the oblast, Ukraine’s most populous with 10 per cent of the nation’s population of 45 million people.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Luhansk Oblast, pro-Russian separatists took over the local Security Services of Ukraine building.

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