Ukraine's Defence Minister visits eastern regions

Donetsk's municipal assembly convenes despite pro-Russian armed militias occupying the building.

Donetsk's municipal assembly convenes despite pro-Russian armed militias occupying the building.

KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine's Acting Defense Minister Mikhail Koval left for the eastern region of Ukraine, where municipal buildings are being occupied by pro-Russian demonstrators.

In a statement in Kiev on Wednesday, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema said, "Defense Minister Koval has left for the eastern region, where an anti-terrorism operation is underway. Minister Koval will observe the situation on site.”

Meanwhile, pro-Russian armed militias continue to occupy the Donetsk governor's building. Routine daily work continues at the Municipal Building, despite being overrun by pro-Russian armed militias in the early morning hours of Wednesday. Donetsk's municipal assembly convened despite pro-Russian armed militias occupying the building.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchynov announced the start of the operational phase of an "anti-terror" campaign in the country’s east.

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