Eastern Ukrainians criticise Kiev government

A member of the pro-Ukrainian militia group calling themselves the Donbass Battalion stands guard. Credit: Reuters\Maxim Zmeyev

Politicians from eastern Ukraine criticised the fledging central government, accusing it of ignoring legitimate grievances of the regions which have been overrun by pro-Russia militia fighting for independence.

One eastern leader said last weekend's unofficial referendum in favour of independence "expressed the will of the people".

The criticism came in the second round of European-brokered talks intended to resolve the country's worst crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.