A 48-hour ultimatum came and went from Arsen Avakov, the nation’s top cop, who threatened the separatist militants with force if they don’t hand over their weapons and vacate the SBU building. But the insurgents, who call themselves Army of the Southeast, vow not to surrender until their demands are met.
“There are enough of people here. Former military men, civilians, we have girls cooking for us. This situation united many different people,” Aleksey Kariakin, one of the leaders of army, told the Kyiv Post inside the captured SBU headquarters.
A native of Stahanov in Luhansk Oblast, Kariakin is personally carrying out negotiations with Andriy Parubiy, secretary of National Security and Defense Council, who came to Luhansk in a bid to end the standoff.