Comment: The hotel I mentioned was

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The hotel I mentioned was

the Hotel Slavutich, and I believe the armed takeover only happened in January 2012. And whoever took it over obviously had the blessing of the Kiev city government as it remains in the hands of the captors to this day.

One thing they didn't get however was the website. For quite a while if you Googled it, you got the old "Hotel Slavutich" reservations website, now nonfunctional with a banner across the front saying "We have been raided!"

The NEW "owners" simply changed the name slightly to "Hotel Slavutych" (properly its written in Cyrillic letters anyway so it makes no difference) and put up their OWN website - of similar style and doing the same thing.