Ukrainian troops seek

control in Mariupol
Ukrainian troops push into Mariupol and retake a municipal uildin! onl"
#or it to #all ack into pro$%ussian hands& William 'a!ue accuses %ussia o# (co$
ordinatin!( )iolence in Ukraine&
Above: a pro-Russian shouts at Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol
Government soldiers took the rebel-held city hall in Mariupol overnight and
hoisted the Ukrainian flag – but then withdrew from the building
!hannel " #ews $nternational %ditor &indsey 'ilsum( who is on the ground
in the western Ukrainian port city( has found the building once again
occupied by a pro-Russian group )he photographed the Ukrainian flag
being burned in barrels at the front of the building
Lindsey Hilsum @lindseyhilsum
Burning #Ukraine flag in front of municipal building in Mariupol, now back in pro
#Russian hands. #c4news
6:45 AM - 7 May 2014
On Wednesda morning, pro!Russian acti"ists were rebuilding barricades outside the
building and plaing patriotic songs through loudspeakers.
*he move by government soldiers comes ahead of a pro-Russian run
referendum on )unday( which +iev has said is illegal *he Ukrainian
government fears that the referendum could be seen as a prete,t for
Russian anne,ation – as happened in !rimea
*+ramplin! ri!hts*
Russia denies any such ambition but reserves the right to send in troops if it
deems Russian-speaking Ukrainians are in danger from what it calls
Ukrainian e,tremists and fascists
-n .ednesday( the Russian foreign ministry called on Ukraine/s
government to immediately stop 0the use of force against its own people0
0*he illegitimate authorities in +iev go on crudely trampling on widely-
recognised rights( with the connivance of their .estern patrons(0 the
ministry said in a statement
Lindsey Hilsum @lindseyhilsum
#ational guard at #Mariupol police station where holding pro Russian protestors. #c4news
7:32 AM - 7 May 2014
On Wednesda William $ague "isited Ukraine in what he said was a %show of support%
for Ukrainian democrac.
'e said it was 0clear that the leading elements of these forces1 are not
simply pro-Russian0( but are in fact Russian 'e said this could be told from
the way they conduct themselves( the tactics on show( and the similarities
with elements seen in !rimea
Mr 'ague said Russia was 0co-ordinating and instigating violence0 in
Ukraine( and said Russia was also orchestrating a 2R campaign to
3discredit4 the Ukrainian government
0*his is about Ukraine5s right to be a successful and free nation1 to be free
to decide your own future(0 he said
-n Monday( #ato/s )ecretary General Anders 6ogh Rasmussen said Russia
was 0deeply involved0 in destabilising Ukraine
Dialo!ue and ne!otiation
Ukrainian presidential candidate 2etro 2oroshenko dismissed the
forthcoming referendum following a meeting with German !hancellor
Angela Merkel( and called for further sanctions against Russia
0$f Russia will support this referendum we need absolutely agreed action
about the third wave of sanctions( well coordinated between the United
)tates of America and the %uropean Union(0 he said
Lindsey Hilsum @lindseyhilsum
&ngr woman outside Mariupol police station' %We(re not terrorists or separatists but want
union with Russia% #c4news
7:42 AM - 7 May 2014
Meanwhile the )uropean Union said it was open to holding more talks between
Ukraine, Russia and the U* in order to tr and defuse the crisis.
0.hat we are doing is keep7ing8 open the track of negotiations and
dialogue(0 'erman van Rompuy said
0.e are even open to the idea of a second Geneva meeting .e are open to
this idea and will work with colleagues on the possibility of it0