Pro-Russian citizens in the eastern cities of Ukraine are rising up against the government in Kiev, storming government buildings, raising the Russian flag, and calling for referendum votes to proclaim their independence.  In their eyes, the recently established government based in the western capital city is not legitimate and now, like Crimea, they wish to exercise their right to break free of Ukraine and rejoin the Russian confederacy.

On Sunday night, protesters stormed buildings in three key cities—Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk, clashing with security forces but ultimately gaining access to buildings and refusing to leave.

After taking control in Donetsk, with several thousand people occupying the main adminstrative building, the group released a video declaring their independence. “Seeking to create a popular, legitimate, sovereign state, I proclaim the creation for the sovereign state of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the spokesperson said, as the watching crowd reportedly cheered.

The unidentified man called for assistance from Moscow, saying, “Without your support, without the support of Russia, it will be hard for us to resist the Kiev junta on our own.”

As reports:

From Kiev, the interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Monday morning blamed the upheaval on Russian interference.

“The plan is to destabilize the situation, the plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow,” Yatseniuk said.

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