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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 dialogue with separatists 'step in right direction'

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Kiev's offer of dialogue with separatists in the east is a "step in the right direction, albeit very belated."

(File image) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks yesterday. Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

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