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Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine continue to claim victories as they take over government buildings in the east of the country. Ukrainian officials issued an ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized numerous buildings, but the deadline passed without any sign of the gunmen yielding their newfound gains.

Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Pro-Russian activists gather outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 14, 2014. Ukraine's interim president on April 14 made a dramatic about-face aimed at defusing tensions in the separatist east by backing a national referendum on turning the ex-Soviet republic into a federation with broader regional rights. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Pro-Russia supporters rally outside the regional administration building seized and guard by armed men in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 14, 2014. Ukraine's latest ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized buildings across a swath of the separatist east expired on April 14 without any sign of the gunmen ready to give in. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Armed men in military fatigues stand guard outside a regional administration building they seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 14, 2014. Ukraine's latest ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized buildings across a swath of the separatist east expired on April 14 without any sign of the gunmen ready to give in. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
A Pro-Russian activist holds a Soviet Union flag outside the headquarters of Ukraine's security agency in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on April 13 that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Pro-Russian activists escort a man (unseen) who they say is a provocateur outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on April 13 that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Pro-Russia activists assist an Orthodox priest walk through a barricade outside the regional police building seized by armed separatists in Slavyansk on April 13, 2014. Kiev said on April 13 that several had been left 'dead and wounded' in fighting to oust pro-Russian gunmen holed up in a police station in the restive eastern city of Slavyansk, as Washington warned Moscow to de-escalate the crisis or face the consequences. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Armed pro-Russian supporters carry an Eastern Orthodox icon of Mary Magdalene outside the secret service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 13, 2014. Ukraine's interior minister said on April 13 that both sides had suffered casualties during a raid launched by Ukrainian special forces on a police station in the eastern city of Slavyansk that was seized by pro-Russian gunmen. (AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Russians claim Ukraine victories
Pro-Russians rally in front a barricade outside the headquarters of Ukraine's security agency building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 12, 2014. Separatists demanding a referendum to join Russia seized the building a week ago as a wave of secessionist anger swept eastern Ukraine, whose mainly Russian-speaking population feels under threat from a new pro-Western government in Kiev. (AFP/Getty Images)