[“Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians seize Donetsk prosecutor’s office” – BBC 5.1.14]
The BBC covers unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have continued seizing government building, with a moderate amount of violence:
Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor’s office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The attackers threw rocks at police before storming the building and raising the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Militants disarmed the police and ejected them from the building. There are reports of injuries on both sides.
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On Wednesday, a Russian military attache was detained in Ukraine on suspicion of spying and ordered to leave the country.
Ukraine accuses Russia of fomenting the unrest.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone, in part to seek assistance freeing German-led OSCE military observers being held hostage by pro-Russian forces.
Meanwhile, the West accuses Russia of reneging on a deal struck in Geneva that was supposed to lead to deescalation in Ukraine.