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Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities

Pro-Russian militants continue to cut a swathe through eastern Ukraine, taking over council buildings in the city of Slovyansk, and demanding independence from Ukraine. Militants have occupied government buildings in various other cities in the east of the country in recent weeks, making similar demands, as the crisis in Ukraine intensifies.

Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A pro-Russian militant looks out from the barricaded entrance of the city council building on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the council building and other government buildings in the city demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A boy rides his bike in front of a barricade near the Slovyansk Police Station on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the building and other government buildings in the city and are demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A pro-Russian militant sits on top of an armored personnel carrier (APC) in front of the occupied Ukraine Security Service building on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. The APC was reported to have been taken from the Ukraine army. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the building and other government buildings in the city and are demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A statue of Vladimir Lenin stands in the town square in front of the city council building on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the council building and other government buildings in the city demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A pro-Russian militant stands guard in front of the occupied Ukraine Security Service building on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the building and other government buildings in the city and are demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A 12-year-old boy and girl pose for a picture with pro-Russian militant while their 14-year-old friend takes a picture outside the city council building on April 21, 2014 in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Pro-Russian militants have taken over the council building and other government buildings in the city demanding independence from Ukraine. Other pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings in other eastern Ukraine cities in recent weeks making similar demands. (Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
Armed pro-Russian militants stand guard at a check-point outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, on April 20, 2014. Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a gunbattle near the volatile eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk early today, a local leader and a rebel at the scene told journalists. The separatist leader who gave the death toll said the deadly battle broke out at a barricade put up in a village east of Slavyansk, which is under the control of pro-Russian militants. (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian militants occupy more Ukrainian cities
A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014. US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian 'peacekeepers'. (AFP/Getty Images)