In the city of Kramatorsk, which for weeks has been an active stronghold of anti-government sentiments, locals took to the streets after Ukrainian troops arrived on APCs and forced self-defense troops to a small cluster in the central square.
Defiant of the armed vehicles and sniper rifles pointed at them, residents were filmed approaching the troops to have their say.
“Fascists! Fascists!” the locals chanted, casting insults on the troops and the Kiev government. Kiev authorities are commonly referred to as the “fascist junta” in the east of the country, because of their takeover of power in February and the government’s alliance with nationalists – including the notorious Right Sector radical group.