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Protesters storm prosecutor's office in Ukraine's Donetsk: report

Pro-Russia protesters stormed the prosecutor's office in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk on Thursday, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Hundreds of protesters entered the building after they gathered outside and accused the prosecutors of working for the pro-Western government in Kiev.

Pro-Russia demonstrators have been staging protests in eastern Ukraine since early April, demanding a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.

Tensions have continued to rise in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants are engaged in conflicts with government troops and have detained military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

In Donetsk region, administrative buildings in about 10 towns are under the control of demonstrators, while Donetsk reportedly is threatening to hold a referendum on May 11.

In another development, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Ukraine had detained Russia's military attache, accusing him of receiving classified information.

The ministry said the Russian diplomat was caught "red-handed" on Wednesday and Kiev had ordered his expulsion.

Ukraine's security service said the diplomat was a Russian intelligence officer who had been collecting information on Ukraine's cooperation with NATO.

Ukraine's security service spokeswoman Maryna Ostapenko said the attache had been released to the Russian embassy and ordered to leave.

[Source: Xinhua, Kiev, 01May14]

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