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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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Putin: Russia expects 'clear condemnation' from UN

Ukrainian troops at Kramatorsk airbase in the eastern region. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia expects a "clear condemnation" from the international community and the United Nations over "Kiev's anti-constitutional action in eastern Ukraine," RIA Novosti reported.

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