Mariupol protesters stormed the City Council

Members of a large rally under Russian flags stormed Mariupol City Council. They demanded that the Mayor held a special session of the City Council to address the question of holding a referendum.

“We, the Mariupol residents, demand a referendum on three issues - whether to remain a part of Ukraine, become a federation part within Ukraine or to join Russia. We want to receive a decent wage, we want economic stability here, in the south-east. We are opposed to armed revolution,” reads the statement of the protesters.

After lengthy negotiations with the activists, city authorities decided to hold a session on March 25 that will address these issues.

Since the beginning of March, mass rallies with similar demands are happening in most cities of southeast Ukraine.

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