South-East Ukraine: Crisis Diary (Unique Documentary Shot by Ordinary People)
Several reported dead as Ukrainian forces clash with separatists in Mariupol.
Heavy gunfire rang out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Friday amid heavy clashes between government forces and civilians pro-Federalism.
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the killing by security forces of some 20 pro-Federalism activists after they allegedly tried to seize control of police headquarters in the city.
At one point, the targeted police building caught fire. A police commander was killed; allegedly by a sniper. A number of people were reportedly wounded.
If independently confirmed, the death toll would be among the heaviest inflicted on the pro-Federalism rebels during fighting in the east.
Referendum for self-determination is taking place in Southeast Ukraine.