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Ukraine's Threat To Eject Pro-Russia Forces From City Backfires: Local Pro-Russia Police Refuse Orders To Attack

Pro-Russia and anti-Russia partisans scuffle in Ukraine. (Screen capture from YouTube video)
Pro-Russia and anti-Russia partisans scuffle in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Screen capture
from YouTube video)

Ukraine's coup leaders finding themselves outmaneuvered at every turn.

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
A threatened sweep by Ukrainian armed forces to oust pro-Russia gunmen occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine failed to materialize after local police in the besieged venues apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed "anti-terrorist operation."

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, had issued an ultimatum on Sunday that gunmen holding key government facilities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other cities in the volatile eastern and southern areas of Ukraine lay down their arms Monday or face ouster at gunpoint by Ukrainian troops and police.

Instead of complying, the separatists attacked and seized an airstrip near Slavyansk and an administrative building in the mining town of Horlivka, in the Donetsk region, UNIAN news agency reported.

Preparations for the threatened move against the gunmen were undermined Sunday by an ambush in Slavyansk. The attack on a convoy of high-ranking Ukraine Security Service officers on the city outskirts killed a senior officer and wounded five others in his detail, the private TSN television network reported.

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