People protesting against the new Ukrainian authorities in Donetsk have brought down Ukraine’s national flag and replaced it with the Russian tricolor.
At the moment the square in front of the regional administration building is packed with people holding Russian flags.
The protesters elected Pavel Gubarev, the commander of the Donbass People’s Militia, as the Donetsk region’s new Governor.
For his part, he called on the demonstrators to set up a tent camp in the square in front of the regional administration.
Thousands of Odessa residents have gathered under Russian and Soviet flags in the Kulikovo Field, the Interfax-Ukraine reports Saturday.
The demonstration organizers state there are some 20,000 people, the police says they have counted about 5,000 participants.
The purpose of the meeting is to elect an empowered and authorized representative to speak with the authorities on behalf of the Odessa residents.
In Kharkov, the largest city in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian protesters managed to break through the cordon of Maidan supporters and captured the government building. The storming was accompanied by clashes and shooting, RBC daily reports.