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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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Biden tells Ukraine to fight 'cancer of corruption'

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Ukraine's new leaders to fight the "cancer of corruption" in the country.

US Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Burski Krzysztof/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Biden was speaking on the second day of his visit to Kiev, where he stressed that the forthcoming presidential election was the most important in the country's history.

He also pledged that the Obama administration would do what it could to help create a united Ukraine.

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