An amateur video shot on Sunday (May 11) in the town of Krasnoarmeisk in eastern Ukraine shows a group of armed men said to be Ukrainian National Guard shooting in the air as a crowd approached the square outside a local municipal building.
One man who approached the armed group was then filmed falling to the ground bleeding, whilst the armed men retreated into the building.
Local residents later said the wounded man bled to death on the way to hospital and another resident also died of gunshot. Reuters could not independently verify this information.
The confrontation took place on the day of the referendum on self-rule held in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine.
Western leaders, faced with Russian assertiveness not seen since the Cold War, has threatened more sanctions in the key areas of energy, financial services and engineering if Moscow continues what they regard as efforts to destabilise Ukraine.
The European Union declared the vote illegal. Moscow denies any role in the fighting or any ambitions to absorb the mainly Russian-speaking east, an industrial hub, into the Russian Federation following its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea after a referendum in March.
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