'Anti-Maidan' in Odessa announces creation of its own People's Republic
Activists urged city residents to block traffic in Odessa, having pointed 153 places on a special map on Yandex, where people should block traffic. It is planned to block the traffic for all kinds of transport, except ambulances.
"At 16:00 tomorrow, Odessa must get blocked! Literally," the appeal reads. "Everybody who has not yet realized that the war had come to our houses should not go to work tomorrow," the activists of the "Anti-Maidan" said.
The personnel of six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk has switched sides and has joined the pro-federalist activists, witnesses told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. "We found them at a square near the railway station. A group of women surrounded them, we started telling them we were peaceful residents who are just fighting for their rights and that there are no terrorists here," the witness said, adding: "They won't shoot us."
"The main armored transport vehicle had a Russian flag on it and they left together with our insurgents towards Slaviansk," the witness said.
The number of personnel from the transport vehicles was not specified.
The strongest confrontation between the protesters and security forces took place in two cities in the North of the Donetsk region: in Slavyansk on Saturday and in Kramatorsk on Tuesday. According to various data, several people were killed in each case. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, called the decision of the new Ukrainian authorities to use force, including the army, against the protesters are supporters of federalization an extremely dangerous development of events.
February 22, a change of government with signs of a coup took place in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada dismissed the country's President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the Constitution and appointed presidential elections for May 25. Moscow believes that the legitimacy of the Rada’s decisions is doubtful, and the legitimacy of the elections will depend on a number of conditions, including transparency and taking into account the interests of the regions.
Ukraine federalization supporters have seized six armoured personnel carriers that have been involved in a special operation in Kramatorsk, the Donetsk-based OstroV Internet portal reports with reference to its correspondent in the city.
According to the portal, first the local activists blocked the APCs, then they were joined by a group of people wearing camouflages.
They jointly disarmed the APCs and drove them towards the village of Ivanovka, the report says.
The report has thus far failed to be confirmed by other sources.
Some media reported earlier on Wednesday that military armoured vehicles with Ukrainian flags appeared in the streets of Kramatorsk this morning, while two helicopters kept flying over the city.
Armoured vehicles with flags of Ukraine have appeared in the streets of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region. Some local residents are trying to hold up their movement.
Several infantry fighting vehicles have entered Kramatorsk, Interfax informs with reference to the local media. They were blocked by a mini-bus. Two helicopters are flying over the city. In all, according to eyewitnesses, about 300 Ukrainian soldiers are staying in the city, the Agency says.