Donetsk separatists occupy Polish, Czech embassies

Ukrainian officials said the court building was also taken over by separatists.

Donetsk separatists occupy Polish, Czech embassies

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pro-Russian separatists have occupied the Polish and the Czech Republic embassies in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, according to the Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council.

Andrey Lysenko, a spokesperson for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said on Tuesday: " Terrorists have occupied the Czech and Poland Embassy and Donetsk Regional Commercial Court building."

Lysenko gave no more details about the incident.

The consulates have been closed since July 12.

Russia annexed Crimea in March after a controversial referendum in the strategic peninsula, declaring unilateral independence and integration with Russia.

Unrest in Ukraine's mostly Russian-speaking east has torn the region apart since April, when the Ukrainian army launched military operations in the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk to restore government control, after pro-Russian separatists declared independence in the region.

The Kiev government and pro-Russian rebels agreed to a cease-fire in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on September 5, bringing a halt to a five-month conflict which has left more than 2,500 people killed, according to estimates by the United Nations.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Eylül 2014, 10:17