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Pro-Russian separatists seize another eastern Ukraine town

Armed pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the east Ukrainian town of Kostyantynivka today. Separatists in Slaviansk yesterday released one of eight OSCE monitors they are holding.

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Ukrainian mayor 'fighting for his life' after shooting

Gennady Kernes, the mayor of Ukraine's second-biggest city, Kharkiv, is in hospital undergoing emergency surgery after being shot in the back, Interfax reported, quoting the mayor's spokeswoman.

Ukrainian troops stand guard at a checkpoint near the city of Izium in the Kharkiv region Credit: Reuters

"The doctors are fighting to save his life," the agency quoted the spokeswoman, Tatiana Gruzinskaya, as saying.

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