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Two more top separatist leaders abandon eastern Ukraine battle
Two more top separatist leaders abandon eastern Ukraine battle

Two more top leaders from the armed insurrection in eastern Ukraine resigned Thursday as government forces closed in on the last two strongholds of the 4-month-old uprising. Igor Girkin, who reportedly bragged of shooting down a Ukrainian jet on the day that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was blown from the sky, and self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic Gov. Valery Bolotov, were both reported by Russian media to have resigned. Bolotov's departure was reported by Russia's Itar-Tass news agency to be "temporary" while he recovers from an unspecified injury. Bolotov has been the political frontman for the breakaway Luhansk region since voters in the...

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