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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's president to hold emergency meeting

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to meet in Strasbourg, following violent protests in eastern Ukraine. According to Reuters, the Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk is to address PACE on the second day of its session.

Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov. Credit: Reuters

Acting President Oleksander Turchinov called an emergency meeting of security chiefs in the capital Kiev yesterday and took personal control of the situation, the parliamentary press service said.

The Assembly is due to hold an urgent debate later this week over threats to the democratic institutions in Ukraine, and take a decision on a motion to reconsider the credentials of the Russian delegation over the situation in Crimea.

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