Pro-Russian leader in Ukraine asks Moscow to send troops: Russian agency

The leader of pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Sunday appealed to Moscow to send in peacekeeping troops after a deadly shootout breached an Easter truce, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Sunday.

The head of Slavyansk protests, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, said only Russia could defend the city, and appealed to President Vladimir Putin to send peacekeeping forces into the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the agency reported.