KIEV - Armed pro-Russian separatists who took control of the police headquarters in the east Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka also seized the town administration building on Monday, a spokesman for the regional government said.

Also on Monday, the mayor of Ukraine's second-biggest city, Kharkiv, was in hospitalized and underwent emerging surgery after being shot in the back.



"I think it's the usual demands, the same as in other towns, the scenario doesn't change: a referendum and a federal system of government," said Ilya Suzdaliev, a spokesman for the Donetsk region administration, which includes Kostyantynivka.

A Reuters photographer in Kostyantynivka said he could see about 20 gunmen controlling the town administration building. He said they were wearing camouflage fatigues and masks.

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