: Pro-Russian activists who seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk hold Russian flag and the flag of so called Donetsk Republic on April 7, 2014. They proclaimed Monday the creation of a sovereign "people's republic" independent of Kiev rule. The Interfax news agency reported that the self-proclaimed leaders of Donetsk vowed to hold a regional sovereignty referendum no later than May 11. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
Unlike in Crimea, pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone in Kyiv. But once again, it appears that Ukraine's interim and overwhelmed government on April 6 has been caught flat-footed.