One person has been killed and another injured during clashes between pro-Russia protesters and Ukraine’s National Guard forces in eastern part of the country.
Ukraine’s interim Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovy said on Sunday that the clashes happened in the town of Novoaidar in Lugansk region, leaving one dead.
However, pro-Russia protesters said Ukraine’s National Guard members opened fire on civilians in a café in Novoaidar, leaving several people dead and injured.
The development comes as large crowds of people have rallied against the presidential election in the southern port of Odessa. They were slamming the votes, calling them illegitimate.
Voters in Ukraine went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president with eighteen candidates running for the position.
The election comes after months of political crisis, which erupted last November when now-ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing an association agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. The refusal triggered months of unrest, which finally led to the ouster of Yanukovych on February 23, who then left the country for Russia.
On May 2, violent clashes and fire left nearly 50 people dead in Ukraine’s Odessa. Among those killed there were 42 people, who died after a trade union building, where pro-Russia activists had taken shelter, was set ablaze.
Russia urged the United Nations to conduct an impartial investigation into the violence.