MGN Online

Published: Mar 15, 2014 8:02 AM EDT


MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's acting interior minister says two people have been killed and several wounded in a shootout in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Arsen Avakhov wrote on his official Facebook page early Saturday that around 30 people "from both sides" were arrested during a shootout late on Friday.

Russian state news agency Itar Tass reported that the clash occurred outside a building of the far-right Ukrainian nationalist group, Right Sector, although Avakhov made no mention of the group and said the incident was under investigation.

Violence has escalated in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east in recent days, as pro-Russia demonstrators have seized government buildings and clashed with supporters of the new Kiev government.

Meanwhile, the information war over Ukraine is intensifying. Most Russian news media say the Kiev government is run by anti-Semitic fascists, people killed in protests were shot by opposition snipers and the West is behind it all. Authorities in Ukraine have responded by blocking Russian TV channels.