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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Nato to bolster eastern European forces 'immediately'

Nato has decided to reinforce its forces in eastern Europe "immediately" as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days," Mr Rasmussen told a news conference.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaking to reporters at Nato headquarters in Brussels today Credit: Associated Press

The move means Nato fighter planes will fly more sorties over the Baltic region, with ships being sent to the Baltic sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

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