Deadly clashes in Mariupol raise tensions on eve of secession referendum in eastern Ukraine

Hordes of rowdy pro-Russian separatists ruled the industrial port city of Mariupol in Ukraine’s restive east on May 10, a day after deadly clashes with the country’s military forces and as separatists here push ahead with a referendum on secession set for May 11.

At least seven people were killed and dozens more were seriously wounded in the seaside city of almost half a million people when Ukrainian military forces rolled into town on armored vehicles to assist police holed up inside the city’s police headquarters while exchanging fire with separatist fighters outside who tried to seize control of the building, according to two police officers and a fireman the Kyiv Post spoke with on May 11.

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