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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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Pro-Russian forces hold journalist hostage in Slaviansk

Pro-Russian separatists are holding an American journalist in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk.

Simon Ostrovsky, who works for Vice News, is apparently being held in the local headquarters of the Ukrainian security services, which have been seized by pro-Russian forces.

Journalist Simon Ostrovsky pictured with a masked pro-Russian gunman Credit: Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the insurgents said Mr Ostrovsky is "fine" but is "suspected of bad activities" and is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.

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