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Separatists vote for leader in breakaway eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists will vote to set up a breakaway regional leadership in the eastern Ukraine region of Donetsk and Luhansk aiming to take their war-torn region closer to Russia and defying Kiev and the West as the big guns still boom across the territory.

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Ukraine: New satellite images 'prove Russia is lying'

A new batch of satellite images have been released which allegedly prove Russia has built up thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border.

A satellite image of Belgorod before current military buildup (7 March 2014). Credit: SHAPE
The same area near Bolgorod after alleged military buildup (26 March 2014) Credit: SHAPE

Nato released a series of images to media yesterday apparently depicting Russian military presence near Belogorod, Novocherkassk, Kuzminka, Yeysk and Butulinovka.

However, Kremlin officials cited in various media publications claimed the pictures were taken in 2013 and merely showed a military exercise being carried out at the time.

An apparently empty site near Yeysk before military buildup (14 January 2014) Credit: SHAPE
The same area near Yeysk after the alleged buildup (22 March 2014) Credit: SHAPE

Nato's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) has defended the accuracy of the pictures, however, and says the "claims of Russian officials are categorically false".

The new images show the same areas were unoccupied until March 2014, when tensions with Ukraine were escalating following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

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