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Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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Separatists: Ukraine referendum 'can stop civil war'

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have ignored a public call by Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on independence, saying a vote could halt civil war in the region.

Denis Pushilin, a leader of the self-declared separatist Donetsk People's Republic, said that the "People's Council" had voted unanimously to hold the referendum as planned.

Separatists voted unanimously to hold the referendum. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

"Civil war has already begun. The referendum can put a stop to it and start a political process," he said.

Ukrainian officials have vowed to press on with their "anti-terrorist campaign" to retake control over the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regardless of the rebels' decision on the vote.

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