Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine refuse to disarm, leave government buildings

Donestk, Ukraine (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

By End the Lie

Donestk, Ukraine (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The diplomatic deal reached on Thursday to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine was rejected by pro-Russian militants, who continued to occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine Friday.

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The preliminary agreement, reached by Russia and Ukraine along with the U.S. and EU, called for the separatists to leave Ukrainian government buildings and hand over their weapons.

While they remained in the buildings, some of the militant leaders said they would surrender their weapons and withdraw if the Ukrainian security forces also withdrew, according to The Washington Post.

While the pro-Russian militants currently occupying government offices in Donetsk said they support the accord, they said they would not surrender their weapons unless the interim government in Kiev is dissolved.

“It is an illegal junta,” Anatoliy Onischenko, one of the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said.

The Donetsk People’s Republic has been occupying the regional parliament building, while a different separatist group is occupying …read more