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Ukraine leader says his forces are ‘helpless’ to restore order in east


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Dzhavad Iskanderov, a member of the insurgents’ self-appointed government, told the Associated Press the building was seized to prevent nationalists and other pro-Kiev forces from seizing the weapons inside.

Eastern Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population, was the heartland of support for Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in February. The government that replaced him in Kiev has resisted the insurgents’ demands, fearing they could lead to a breakup of the country or more regions being annexed by Russia.

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Danilova reported from Kiev.




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