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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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Easter truce holds as Russian troops mass near border

A Ukrainian Orthodox priest sprays holy water before an Easter service in Slaviansk. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's foreign ministry has said that the 'anti-terror operation' against pro-Russian separatists has been put on hold over Easter.

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service said the suspension was "linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays".

Earlier a Kremlin spokesman said that military forces near the border with Ukraine were deployed there in response to regional "instability."

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