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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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Salviansk shooting 'shows Kiev's lack of will to disarm'

The Russian foreign ministry says it is indignant about a reported attack on civilians near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, saying the incident 'testifies to Kiev's lack of will to disarm extremist militants'.

A statement said: "Russia is indignant about this provocation by gunmen, which testifies to the lack of will on the part of the Kiev authorities to rein in and disarm nationalists and extremists."

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