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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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Ukraine PM says Russia 'must withdraw special forces'

Ukraine's Prime Minister has claimed Russia has special forces in eastern Ukraine in a deliberate attempt to undermine upcoming presidential elections.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk also again called on the Kremlin to withdraw Russian troops from Crimea and "turn this shameful page" in relations between the two countries.

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