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'More than 50 killed' in Donetsk fighting

Pro-Russian rebels have said the death toll during two days of fighting in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk has now risen to 50. Ukraine's military launched a strike on rebels who had taken the international airport in the eastern city.

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Ukrainians to vote amid fears of violence

Ukrainians are widely expected to give a resounding endorsement to the overthrow of their last elected leader by voting for presidential candidates promising close ties with the West, in defiance of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

A Ukrainian policeman stands in front of a voting booth as he secures the polling station Credit: Reuters

But the absence of more than 15 percent of the electorate, in Russian-annexed Crimea and two eastern regions where fighting with pro-Moscow rebels continued on Saturday, may mar any result.

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