Local people block the Ukranian military forces that try to access the region to neutralize the rebels. The Ukrainian government suspect that they are financed from abroad.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that in the city of
Local media said the protesters were armed with Molotov cocktails, which they used in the confrontation.
A group of several dozen protesters arrived at the base, located in the turbulent
They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said.
Instead, the troops opened fire at the protesters, injuring at least four people. One of them took a bullet in his chest and is in serious condition, according to protesters.
The crowd retreated after the shooting started. The city’s website said that clashes have moved from the base to surrounding areas, adding that single shots can be heard near the local hospital.
Protester chatter blames unidentified provocateurs for the shooting. Demonstrators say a group of people arrived at the protester-held
Local residents reported military jets flying over the city.
Meanwhile, rebels who earlier seized the city administration of Mariupol reported that they have no relation to capture of military facility and consider it a provocation. The said to Interfax news agency that they didn't authorize such operation. “With probability of 90% we can say that the attempt to storm the military facility was made by visiting people and not the local forces of self-defense. We even don't have those types of arms which they used during the storm of the military facility”, - said the rep local rebels.
Thus fighters didn't deny that they have a weapon and declared that in the building of the City Council will remain to the last. "We live in