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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.

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Ukraine: 'State of emergency possible in Crimea'

Declaration of a state of emergency in the southern region of Crimea is one of the options being studied to resolve the crisis unfolding there, the top security official in Ukraine's new power structure told Russian news agency Interfax.

"It is one of the options in the development of events," Andriy Paruby, secretary of the National security and Defence Council was quoted as saying by Interfax, replying to a journalist's question on whether a state of emergency might be introduced.

An armed man stands guard at the entrance to Belbek Airport in the Crimea region. Credit: Reuters

But he said, even if this did occur, it would not mean deploying the army and existing security units would still have to handle the situation. "So we are looking for other more effective ways of localising the situation on the Crimean peninsula," he said.

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