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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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Armoured vehicles flying Russian flag enter Slaviansk

Pro-Russian forces have been seen entering the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk on armoured personnel carriers which reportedly were previously under the control of the Ukrainian military.

One of the vehicles was seen flying a Russian flag, while several of the people sitting on board were wearing black and orange ribbons of St George, a symbol commonly associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine.

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