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Kiev says it’s ‘helpless’ to restore order in east

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HORLIVKA, Ukraine — Ukraine’s police and security forces are “helpless” to quell the unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia and in some cases are cooperating with the pro-Russia gunmen who have seized scores of buildings and taken people hostage, Ukraine’s leader said today.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said his government’s goal now was to prevent the agitation from spreading to other territories in the sprawling nation of 46 million people.

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