Ukraine Separatists Seize More Ground as Police Stand By
Pro-Russian separatists stormed the regional government headquarters in Luhansk yesterday as control of eastern Ukraine slipped further from Kiev’s grasp. Police who were supposed to be guarding the building let people inside — a failure to act that is becoming increasingly common. The separatist leader responsible for captured European OSCE observers reported progress in negotiations to free the hostages. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, urged Russia to “leave Ukraine in peace,” warning that bordering NATO countries would be defended if necessary.