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Later in the day, the Interior Ministry in Donetsk was also seized by gunmen.

The attacks, just like the ones that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, appeared to catch the Ukrainian government off-guard. After police repelled an assault on the Donetsk general prosecutor’s office earlier in the day on April 12, the takeover of the oblast’s Interior Ministry headquarters and two other police stations in the oblast crippled any visible or effective response from law enforcement.

Repeated attempts to reach interim Donetsk Oblast governor Serhiy Taruta, who calls himself “a crisis manager,” were unsuccessful.

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