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Pro-Russian insurgents dig in

Horlivka, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents continued to occupy government and law enforcement buildings in nearly 10 cities in eastern Ukraine Tuesday morning.

Many of them are armed, and they fortified their positions Tuesday, erecting fresh barricades.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, announced a new operation to root out the insurgents but it's unclear what action Ukrainian forces will take. Ukrainian tanks have been seen near one city controlled by pro-Moscow gunmen.

Meanwhile, A United Nations report pointed to corruption, the lack of an independent judiciary and a lack of free elections as being among the root causes of major protests in Ukraine going back to last November.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also reported that in Crimea, it found credible allegations of harassment, arbitrary arrests and torture targeting those who did not support the March 16 secession referendum.

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