Donetsk residents held a rally on Thursday to support unity with Kiev and national integrity of Ukraine as pro-Russia activists continue to occupy government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city.
Over 2,000 residents took part in the rally to express their Ukrainian patriotism.
"We are gathering here and want to say that Donetsk is a part of Ukraine, we love our country. Ukraine is indivisible and independent, and most importantly, it is united," said Anton, a Donetsk resident.
Residents like Anton say they don't want to see the federalization of Ukraine, and they also don't think a referendum should be conducted in Donetsk.
"The decision of a referendum should be made by the whole country, not only in Donetsk," said Anton.
"Basically, no one worries about the deterioration of our relationship with Russia. All people here hope for peace, and they want to live peacefully with people from Russia, western Ukraine and any other countries," said Vlad, another Donetsk resident.
Security forces were strengthened out of concern for potential clashes between residents and pro-Russia activists, but no conflict broke out in the rally which lasted for one hour and 15 minutes.
Unrest erupted earlier this month in the country's east after pro-Russia activists seized administrative buildings in several eastern cities, demanding a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.