– Residents shocked by National Guard militants’ rampage in Lugansk region (Voice of Russia, May 16, 2014):
Militants of Ukraine’s National Guard have arrested federalization activists in the towns of Starobelsk and Markovka in the eastern Lugansk region. Eye-witnesses say the militants rob civilians and maltreat elderly people.
“In Starobelsk, National Guard militants behave in Makhno style, bursting into homes, seizing money and cars and doing nasty things to veterans of the Great Patriotic War, while keeping them at gunpoint,” an Interfax correspondent reports, quoting Alexei Pronichev, a resident of Starobelsk.
A resident of Markovka told Interfax that National Guard militants had arrested several dozen local activists of the recent pro-federalization referendum. Three persons went missing, the resident said.