Police evacuate pro-Russian protesters from building

Police in Donetsk have evacuated pro-Russian demonstrators from the government headquarters in the city of Donetsk, where they have been since Monday.

Riot police evacuated the building this morning, after demonstrators were told there was a bomb in the building and it had to be evacuated, the protesters said. The Ukraine flag was raised over the government headquarters, replacing the Russian flag hanging put their by protesters.

A relatively small group of protesters, approximately 150 people, remain outside the building along with around the same numbers of police. The Russian flag now flies in the front yard of the building.

Read: Ukraine flag replaces Russian over city of Donetsk

Protest leader Pavel Gubarev called on Putin to send troops into the city to "protect" the people of Donetsk.

More: Russian flag raised in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv

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Police re-capture government building in Donetsk

Police re-captured the administrative headquarters of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and have around 68 pro-Russian protesters in custody who are being questioned over the occupation.