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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Ukrainian military plane hit by gunfire over Slaviansk

A Ukrainian military plane has been hit by gunfire over the eastern city of Slaviansk today.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter flies above Slaviansk on 16 April Credit: Reuters

The aircraft was on a reconnaissance flight over the city, which has been taken over by armed pro-Russian separatists, the Defence Ministry said.

Several bullets struck the Antonov An-30 turboprop spotter plane but it was able to land safely, the ministry said in a statement.

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