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