Pro-Kremlin rebels seize more buildings in Ukraine's Gorlivka

30th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

Pro-Russia rebels on Wednesday seized the regional police building and town hall in the eastern Ukrainian town of Gorlivka, local officials said.

Gorlivka police chief Igor Demin confirmed to AFP the insurgents had taken control of the regional police department in the town of 260,000 inhabitants near the city of Donetsk.

The municipality said in a separate statement that the rebels now in charge of the town hall were "not hindering" the council's work and the mayor, Yevgen Klep, had met with them.

"Our task is to keep the town functioning as usual," Klep said.

The seizures extended the grip of pro-Kremlin militants on the town. On April 14 they had taken over a local police station.

The town is known as Gorlivka in Russian, spoken by the majority of people in Ukraine's east, or Horlivka in Ukrainian.

© 2014 AFP

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