Ukrainian forces launch campaign against pro-Russian activists, says Minister

  • 13 April 2014
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Image caption Pro-Ukraine activists shout slogans during the rally supporting a united Ukraine in Kharkiv

One of Ukraine's Ministers has said Ukrainian security forces have started an operation to remove pro-Russian militants who took control of government and police buildings in the eastern part of the country.

Earlier Russia warned that any use of force in eastern Ukraine could ruin crisis talks due later this week.

Last week we told you Pro-Russian protestors had taken over government building's in three big cities in the East of Ukraine.

This includes the city of Donetsk, where demonstrators want to break away from Ukraine and are calling for a vote next month.

A few weeks ago, neighbouring country Russia took over Ukraine's southern region of Crimea.

Ukraine is a country split over whether to have closer ties to Russia, or to the European Union.

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The country has been in crisis over recent months, with tensions mounting between people who want Ukraine to stay an independent country, and those who think it should become part of Russia.

Ukraine is sending security officials to the Eastern cities affected - Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv - to try and regain control.

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