The Kharkiv administration building was occupied by pro-Russian demonstrators on April 6. Police say they regained control early on April 8 without firing gunshots, although they say the activists injured three officers with gunshots.
Late on April 7, a small group of pro-Russian separatists proclaimed the Peoples’ Republic of Kharkiv, independent of the rule of the central Ukrainian government Kyiv. They announced they were going to hold a referendum on Kharkiv Oblast joining Russia and sought support from former President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian authorities.
Earlier this week, a group of separatists proclaimed the same in Donetsk Oblast, but the decision was promptly canceled on April 8.