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'We Don't Need Russia's Help' - Donetsk Residents Rally For Sovereign Ukraine

Thousands attended a pro-Ukrainian rally the eastern city of Donetsk on April 17 despite security worries as armed separatists continued to occupy government buildings in the Donbas region. Activists addressing the rally said the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine's east did not need Moscow to protect them. Demonstrators unfurled a giant Ukrainian flag in Victory Park, sang the Ukrainian national anthem, and chanted, "Donbas is Ukraine!" (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)