Pro-Russian Groups Remain Resolute as Kiev Deadline Approaches

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Bulgaria: Pro-Russian Groups Remain Resolute as Kiev Deadline Approaches Pro-Russian protesters strengthen a barricade in front of the occupied regional administration building, in Donetsk, Ukraine, 09 April 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Pro-Russian fractions continue to occupy government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities Luhansk and Donetsk.

Friday is the deadline set by the authorities in Kiev for the demonstrators to leave the buildings, after which the government has vowed to use force.

The pro-Russian groups remain barricaded in some of the central administrative buildings since Sunday, Euronews reports.

On Thursday, interim President Oleksandr Turchynov promised not to prosecute any activists who leave the buildings and hand in their weapons.

In other developments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed his country's readiness to take part in upcoming four-party talks with the EU, US, and Ukraine. The meeting will most likely happen next week.

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Optimistic - 12 Apr 2014 // 09:49:20

Yes, this is good that are still occupying the buildings.

They are brave people and are not retreating under threats of violence from The Facist Government in Kiev and its right sektor thugs.

Vladimir K. - 12 Apr 2014 // 00:27:57

Beautiful and kind people caring for their future and their children. One day Ukraine will be Russian and the disgusting blue and yellow flag will never be seen, with Tymoshenkos blood to run down the drains...

Day will come soon, and Ukraine will be more peaceful and prosperous than ever. Power to the people!

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