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Kiev says pro-Russians holding 60 'hostages' in east Ukraine

Published on Apr 9, 2014 1:10 AM

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's state security service said on Tuesday that pro-Russian separatists who had seized one of its regional headquarters had mined the building and were holding 60 people "hostage".

The SBU security service said it had "established" that militants in the heavily Russified city of Lugansk had rigged the building with explosives after seizing it on Sunday and releasing several suspects that Ukrainian authorities had accused of trying to stage a coup.

"The Lugansk separatists have mined the SBU building and taken 60 hostages," the security service said in a statement.

"Threatening them with weapons and explosives, the separatists are holding 60 people against their will, not letting them leave the building and return home." The SBU did not explain why it was making the announcement two days after the actual raid.

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