(QHA) -

Crimea supports the residents of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other Ukrainian cities against whom “the Kiev junta” had dispatched troops and gunmen, acting Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov told news agency CrimeaInform on Wednesday, ITAR-TASS reports.

“We will not leave you in trouble! Crimea succeeded to protect themselves from the Nazis, I am convinced that southeast Ukraine will manage to do the same,” Aksyonov said in conclusion.

Crimea was annexed by Russian federation following March 16 referendum.

Tense in eastern Ukraine remain tense as pro-Russian activists stormed government buildings and police offices, demanding federalizations of Ukraine’s eastern regions.

Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists.