When the Ukrainian government cracked down on a group of protesters who had set fire to the offices of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the eastern city of Donetsk, many Ukrainians were on the defensive.
But as the country’s political situation deteriorated, a growing number of people were speaking out in a series of online postings on social media, including one that called for revenge.
Ukrainian authorities have not responded to BBC Trending’s requests for comment.
‘Ukrainian President’ The tweet was posted on November 5, and featured a photo of Mr Poroshenko with his hand on a rifle.
The caption read: “Donetsk’s Mayor Vladimir Kolchenko (Poroshenko) will not be a one-man show.
#Crisis of Ukraine.
We must take our revenge on those who are trying to take over our country.”
It was signed by “Donbass Resistance” (DDR) activists.
It was not immediately clear who the DPR supporters were.
The tweet has since been deleted.
The Ukrainian government has not responded.
‘Trying to take our country over’ Many Twitter users have defended the posting, which was posted a day after a Russian journalist was killed in a confrontation with Ukrainian security forces in the city of Kharkiv.
“It was a good opportunity for DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] to call out against the corruption and the rule of the police,” said “DDR” activist Dmitry Yatsenyuk, who had not seen the tweet but said it was an important sign.
“They [Porososhenko] want to take Ukraine to a new phase of the political crisis and the struggle against the corrupt and the illegitimate [president] of Ukraine.”
“The fact that the DPR [DDR] were tweeting about the shooting of a journalist in Donetsk is an important statement for the people of Ukraine,” Mr Yatsuyu added.
Mr Yatuyu said his group was in touch with other groups in Donetsk, where he had lived since 2013. “
We are trying our hardest to bring the Ukraine back to life, to rebuild our country and to stop the corrupt, illegitimate [government].”
Mr Yatuyu said his group was in touch with other groups in Donetsk, where he had lived since 2013.
“The whole thing was staged, it was staged on a large scale, it had nothing to do with a political debate or anything,” he said.
“I’m sorry to say that there are many DPR members in the Ukrainian capital and they are trying their best to bring Ukraine back.”
The Ukrainian security service, the Ukrainian National Guard, has also denied involvement in the incident, saying it was only following orders from Moscow.
‘The most important day’ for Ukraine Mr Yetsenyuk said the tweet was “the most important moment” for Ukraine since the beginning of the crisis.
“Today, we are trying everything to save our country, our democracy and our people from the forces of the oligarchs who are seeking to destroy it,” he added.
He said he was now preparing to leave Donetsk.
“There are many people who are ready to defend our country from the corrupt authorities of the government of the Russian Federation, from the illegitimate government of President Poroshenko,” Mr Porushchenko said.
He later added that his government had “taken measures” to protect its citizens.
“At this moment, our people are ready and ready to fight the corrupt power that seeks to destroy our country,” Mr Kuchma added.
In the early hours of November 8, Russia-backed forces seized control of the city and sent thousands of police and military personnel to Kiev to enforce the takeover.
The Russian-backed militias then seized power in Ukraine’s eastern regions, and the conflict has continued for more than two years.