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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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Pro-Russia separatists barricaded airbase entrance

Pro-Russia separatists barricaded the entrance to the Kramatorsk airbase in eastern Ukraine as they faced off with Ukrainian guards.

Pro-Russia separatists build a barricade in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov said the airfield has now been retaken from the pro-Russia separatists.

Pro-Russia separatists hold their hands up in front of the Kramatorsk airbase. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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