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Thursday 2 October 2014

Ukraine province 'power bid' foiled

Published 04/04/2014 | 10:52

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Ukraine's security service claims to have foiled a power-grab bid in an eastern province.

Ukraine's security service has detained a 15-strong armed gang it says was planning to seize power in an eastern province on the border with Russia.

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The Security Service of Ukraine said today that it seized 300 machine guns, an anti-tank grenade launcher, a large number of grenades, five handguns and petrol bombs.

It said the group intended to mount a grab for power in the Luhansk province on April 10 by sowing panic among the local population. No names or additional details were provided.

Luhansk and neighbouring mainly Russian-speaking eastern provinces have seen active calls for separatism following February's toppling of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Ukraine's pro-European interim government accuses Russia of fomenting secessionist sentiments.

The Crimean Peninsula was annexed by Russia last month following a contentious referendum.

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