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Ukraine's interior minister: city hall in eastern Ukraine cleared of pro-Russian protesters

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week.

Pro-Russian protesters and masked gunmen have been occupying government buildings across eastern Ukraine for nearly two weeks.

Avakov wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday that the city hall in Mariupol "has been freed to resume work." Avakov said no casualties were reported. The local news website 0629.com.ua said five people who were occupying the building were injured in clashes with the police.

Ukraine is going through its biggest political crisis since the fall of Soviet Union which was sparked by months-long anti-government protests and President Viktor Yanukovych's flight to Russia.