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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'We will never recognise Russia's occupation of Crimea'

US Vice President Joe Biden today warned Russia that the US would "never recognise" its occupation of Crimea.

US Vice President Joe Biden issued a warning to Russia today Credit: RTV

Speaking on a visit to Kiev, he said: "No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation.

"No nation has that right and we will never recognise Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and neither will the world."

Following the press conference, the Pentagon announced that it will send around 600 US troops to Poland and the three Baltic states, in a bid to reassure the NATO allies.

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