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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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'At least ten dead' after shelling of Donetsk playground

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed after shelling of a school playground and a nearby street in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Witnesses quoted by Reuters said a biology teacher and a parent of one of the school's pupils were killed during the blasts, although no children were among the dead.

The area has been a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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