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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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US may impose sanctions on Putin over Ukraine crisis

The US may impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, the State Department has said.

The US is considering imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was considering the move, but it would not be taken soon.

The US has imposed visa bans and assets freezes on several Russian officials and lawmakers deemed to have been involved in Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine. The US has also targeted businessmen with ties to Putin.

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