Tensions remain high in eastern Ukraine after at least three died in a day of shooting that took place during what was supposed to be an Easter truce.
Armed pro-Russian demonstrators, who now control the city of Slaviansk, claimed five of their own were killed by Ukrainian nationalists.
That claim was supported by the Russian government but questioned elsewhere, with the death toll disputed and Kiev saying that the attack was staged to fuel further instability in the country.
As Ukrainians across the country attempted to celebrate Easter, bitterness between the two sides continued despite the holiday season.
Ukraine's Prime Minister spoke on television claiming Vladimir Putin "had a dream to restore the Soviet Union", with no sign where his alleged aggression would end.
The self-appointed pro-Russian mayor of Slaviansk said the attacks in the city were evidence of fascist aggression and called for the aid of Russian troops.