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Pro-Russia separatists defy warnings, hold 'sovereign' vote
Pro-Russia separatists defy warnings, hold 'sovereign' vote

Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine voted Sunday in elections condemned by the international community as illegal and a violation of a cease-fire already teetering on the verge of collapse. Results of the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been under the armed insurgents’ control since April, were foregone conclusions as fighters who seized power months ago were the only names on the ballots recognizable for most voters. Alexander Zakharchenko, a 38-year-old militia leader who took over the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in July after a Kremlin-installed fighter returned to Moscow, won more than 80% of the vote for prime minister against two...

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