- Ukraine Sends Special Forces To “Deal” With Separatists; Donetsk Police Chief Steps Down!
by Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com
Update: The regional police chief of the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk said on Saturday he was quitting his post, bowing to demands from pro-Russian protesters. Above the police headquarters, the Ukrainian flag was no longer flying, and was replaced with a separatist flag, according to a Reuters witness. “In accordance with your demands I am stepping down,” police chief Kostyantyn Pozhydayev told protesters.
So, one down?
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While the primary story regarding Ukraine remains the stand off between Kiev and the Kremlin over nat Gazprom’s gas deliveries and Kiev’s overdue, and as of today – officially halted payments – not a weekend passes without some city in eastern Ukraine falling to what are now called “pro-Russian separatists” and this Saturday is no different. While last week it was the eastern cities of Luhansk, Donestk and Kharkiv that saw their government building taken over and occupied by the “separatists”, today it was the turn of Slaviansk, where masked men armed with pistols and rifles stood guard near the police station as hundreds of locals gathered around, some building barricades with car tyres.
According to Reuters, the masked men were wearing orange and black ribbons, a symbol of the Soviet victory in World War II that has been adopted by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.