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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 offers $50m aid package to Ukraine

The Obama administration has offered the Ukrainian government a $50 million aid package to help with economic and political reform, the White House has said.

A statement issued by Vice President Joe Biden's staff also detailed an extra $8 million in non-lethal military aid such as radio equipment and vehicles.

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