Ukraine President Wants Draft For Military

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's acting president has ordered the military draft be renewed as unrest in the country intensifies.

Ukraine last year announced plans to end military conscription, but Oleksandr Turchynov says the draft must be renewed in light of threats to "Ukraine's territorial integrity and interference by Russia."

The order came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine should withdraw its military units from the eastern and southern regions of the country, where anti-government insurgents continue to seize buildings.

Moscow has consistently denounced Ukrainian security forces' largely ineffectual "anti-terrorist" operation against the insurgents and warned they shouldn't commit violence against civilians.

In the regional capital city of Donetsk (dah-NETSK') today, anti-government demonstrators took over the regional prosecutor's office. Riot police tried to ward them off with stun grenades and tear gas, but demonstrators managed to drag away and beat a handful of officers.

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