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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 to target pro-Russian groups 'in near future'

The Easter truce between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists has come to an end, the Ukrainian government has announced.

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema said the government would now move to eliminate militant separatist groups who are holding public buildings in the east of Ukraine "in the near future".

Mr Yarema also said Kiev hoped for "more substantive" help from the United States in the event of any Russian aggression.

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