Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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Rebel leader 'asks Putin to make Donetsk part of Russia'

One of the leaders of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk has reportedly asked Vladimir Putin to consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian city into the Russian Federation.

Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the 'Donetsk People's Republic'.

Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the self-styled 'People's Republic of Donetsk', made the declaration at a news conference following a referendum on independence that the separatists said had been backed by 89% of voters in Donetsk.

Donetsk rebels: Joining Russia 'appropriate step'

One of the leaders of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk has said it would be an "appropriate step" for the region to join the Russian Federation following this weekend's referendum on independence.

The rebels say they received 89% backing for making the area near the Russian border independent from Ukraine.

Roman Lyagin, head of the electoral commission in Donetsk, told a press conference: "Joining the Russian Federation would probably be an appropriate step."

However, another of the movement's leaders, Denis Pushilin, said a decision on which country to join would only come after "consultation with experts".

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Flowers left at scene of shooting in eastern Ukraine

Flowers have been left outside a municipal building in eastern Ukraine after two men were shot dead by Ukrainian troops.

The incident occurred in the town of Krasnoarmeisk as armed guards attempted to disperse a crowd of protesters.

ITV News Senior Foreign Editor John Angier tweeted:

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EU expected to hit Russia with more sanctions

The European Union is expected to apply wider sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine.

Diplomats have told Reuters some 14 people and two Crimea-based companies could be targeted with sanctions at a meeting in Brussels.

When asked whether EU foreign ministers would agree to expand the sanctions list, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said: "I believe so."

Ukraine's acting president attacks Donetsk vote 'farce'

Olexander Turchinov warned voters in Donetsk they would be "stepping into the abyss" if they voted for self-rule. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Ukraine's acting president Olexander Turchinov has called eastern Ukraine's self-rule referendum a "farce" and said it leaves no legal consequences for authorities in Kiev.

Mr Turchinov accused Russia of looking to overthrow his country's leadership and trying to disrupt the May 25 presidential elections.

Claimed 75% turnout in Donetsk referendum 'absurd'

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has said while the headline figure for the percentage of voters in eastern Ukraine backing self-rule looks likely, the claims of a mass turnout are exaggerated.

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