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60 people taken hostage in Ukraine's east

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:16 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT
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(Efrem Lukatsky)
Pro-Russian activist wears a hand-made mask behind a barricade in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as the makings of an improved self-appointed government began to take shape, with demonstrators dug in for their third day at the 11-storey regional headquarters. Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday reasserted control over an administration building in the countryís second-largest city of Kharkiv, 250 Km ( 155 miles) north of Donetsk, which had been seized by pro-Russian protesters, and authorities detained some dozens. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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(Andrey Basevich)
A masked man stands atop of a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Pro-Russia demonstrators continued occupying the Donetsk regional administration in the nearby region and calling for a referendum. (AP Photo/Andrey Basevich)

DONETSK, Ukraine – Ukrainian officials say an unnamed "radical" group is keeping 60 people hostage inside a government office in the eastern city of Luhansk.

The Ukrainian Security Service said Tuesday that "separatists" have the hostages inside a security service branch in Luhansk and are threatening them with arms and explosives.

There was no word on the identities of the hostages. Ukraine says the building was seized Sunday by armed pro-Russian protesters.

Ukrainian authorities regained control Tuesday over another government building in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, evicting the pro-Russian protesters and detaining dozens.

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