Once again, Russian agents attack while Kyiv is caught off guard

Print version
April 7, 2014, 8:33 p.m. | Ukraine — by Isaac Webb

: 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

Isaac Webb

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.

Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus


© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.