Apr 6, 2014 5:39 PM by Associated Press
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators have stormed government buildings in several major cities in eastern Ukraine.
In one city (Donetsk) 50 miles west of the Russian border, a large group of people surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows. Activists in the building said they want to hold a referendum for the province to join Russia, as Crimea did.
Secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests in eastern Ukraine since Ukraine's Russia-friendly president was ousted in February.
Eastern Ukraine was the heartland of support for Viktor Yanukovych, the president who fled to Russia in February after months of protests. About half of the region's residents are ethnic Russians.
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