Kievâ€™s forces are using heavy weaponry and tanks in the eastern city of Mariupol to storm the local Interior Ministry building, where police have barricaded inside. After residents began flocking to the scene, Kiev fighters opened fire on civilians.
Many people came to mark Victory Day, but as the reports of shooting started coming in, they moved on to show support for a few dozen policemen who had barricaded inside the building, refusing to take orders from Kiev.
Federalization supporters screamed â€śFascists!â€ť as the Kiev forces approached.
One of the armored vehicles then opened fire at a group of unarmed civilians, according to a self-defense forcesâ€™ representative.
Two people died and eight were wounded in the shooting, local witnesses reported, as cited by Interfax.Ten people with gunshot wounds have been taken to one of the hospitals in Mariupol, local media reported.
About 20 anti-Kiev activists have been killed in fighting in Mariupol and four more were taken captive, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page.
According to the 0629.ua news portal, â€śa tank was seized at the crossroads of Lenina and Torgovaya streets by the representatives of the Donetsk Peopleâ€™s Republic.â€ť
Mariupolâ€™s residents have put up barricades in the streets, burned tires and turned over cars.
â€śAt 12.50, 14 tanks were spotted coming from the agricultural base towards Mariupol. According to medics, there are two dead and 8 wounded,â€ť 0629.ua portal stated.
The outlet also reported that â€śon the Lenin avenue, two people were seriously wounded â€“ one in the head and another in the stomach. A huge pool of blood is next to the â€śArbatâ€ť cafĂ©. Itâ€™s not known whether the wounded people have survived. Witnesses say they were driven away in a passenger car. The fighting is on next to the main police department, gunfire is heard. Two armored vehicles blocked the Artyom street.â€ť
The main Interior Ministry building is on fire, 0629.ua news portal reported.
RTâ€™s stringer in Mariupol has been injured while trying to film and is now in hospital. Doctors say that in spite of his bulletproof vest he has sustained an injury to the stomach.