Civilians told to stay inside in flashpoint Ukraine city

by Reuters
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:42 GMT

KIEV, April 13 (Reuters) - Ukraine's Interior Minister on Sunday told residents in the eastern city of Slaviansk to stay indoors, in anticipation of clashes between pro-Russian militants who have seized official buildings and Ukrainian security forces.

"Pass it on to all civilians: they should leave the centre of town, not come out of their apartments, and not go near the windows," Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted Arsen Avakov as saying.

He also said there was gunfire in the city, but a Reuters reporter in Slaviansk said he had not heard shooting.

(Reporting by Richard Balmforth; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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