Measure on Russian language, decentralization approved
By ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO and JIM HEINTZ The Associated Press
Posted: May 21, 2014 at 5:50 a.m.
Vyacheslav Ponomarev (center), the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, speaks to local residents whose homes were ruined in a shelling in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. The rebels on Tuesday continued to exchange fire with government forces on the outskirts of the eastern city, which has been the epicenter of clashes. Residents of Slovyansk sounded exasperated and angry with both the warring sides.
From the country's richest man to citizens under fire, anger and dismay over Ukraine's eastern turmoil gained strength Tuesday, but pro-Russia rebels who have declared the region independent vowed defiance.