France's Hollande dismisses referendum in east Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande dismissed a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine, saying the only vote that mattered was a presidential election on May 25.

Separatist rebels went ahead with the vote in defiance of Ukraine's pro-Western government and one announced plans to form their own state bodies and military once results are announced.

Read: Huge queues as east-Ukrainians vote on self-rule

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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.