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STANDOFF CONTINUES IN EAST UKRAINE
An ultimatum from acting Ukrainian President Olexandr Turchynov expired this morning, ignored by pro-Russian protesters who have been occupying state buildings in several East Ukrainian cities, increasing fears of further escalation in the region, the BBC reports. Although they were urged to lay down their weapons, armed protesters in Gorlovka (also known as Horlivka) moved this morning to take control of the police headquarters, RT reports. Guardian correspondent Alec Luhn explained on Twitter that a new police chief was named and quoted protesters as saying that “many police have gone over to the side of the people,” as they erected barricades around the building and blockaded the city hall. Meanwhile, the BBC's David Stern said earlier this morning, “The mood in Donetsk is stable. There’s no sign of an operation yet, but it’s extremely tense.”

  • Turchynov, however, appeared this morning to be trying to appease those in favor of a federalized state. He said that Kiev was “not against” a referendum on the type of state Ukraine should have, and said it could be held simultaneously with the presidential election on May 25. Read more from Reuters.

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Welcome to Monday, where Russia warns Finland and Sweden that joining NATO would be a “grave mistake,” locked-down Shanghai announces it aims for June 1 reopening, and South Asia’s heat wave becomes untenable. Meanwhile, Peter Huth in German daily Die Welt explains why the Doomsday Clock isn’t ticking quite the same for millennials today as it was for baby boomers.

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