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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-Russian separatists not bound by Geneva deal

The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said that he did not consider his men to be bound by the Geneva agreement to disarm and vacate occupied buildings.

A Russian flag is seen over barricades at the police headquarters in Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Denis Pushilin, head of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "did not sign anything for us, he signed on behalf of the Russian Federation."

He added that his men will only consider leaving public buildings when the government in Kiev does the same.

Pushilin said he was continuing preparations for a referendum on increased autonomy from Kiev on May 11.

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