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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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Russia accuses Ukraine of 'violating Easter truce'

Russia accused Ukraine of "violating" an Easter truce after at least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Pro-Russian militant walks past burnt cars near a checkpoint in Slaviansk. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them.

The Right Sector denied any role, saying Russian special forces were behind the clash in Slaviansk.

"The Easter truce has been violated," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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