Pro-Russian protesters in Luhansk, the most Eastern city in Ukraine, took over the headquarters of the state security services on April 9. Armed with guns they found in the building, the demonstrators were determined not to leave.
VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited the occupied building, which despite the occupation, was surprisingly calm. But not everyone in Luhansk wants to join Russia — and some who express that sentiment are suffering dire consequences.
We spoke to one resident who said he was severely beaten for siding with Ukraine, and another who is determined to leave the area if Luhansk becomes Russian. Amid calls for parts of Ukraine to join Russia, the tension and unrest across the country is spreading — and it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict what will happen next.