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Controversial elections go ahead in eastern Ukraine

By Agencies in Kiev ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-03 07:39:57

West, Russia clash over legitimacy of polls in separatist strongholds

Voters in the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Lugansk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine started to elect regional leaders and legislative bodies on Sunday, polls that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has denounced as illegitimate.

In Donetsk, eastern Ukraine's industrial capital and the separatists' political and military stronghold, people lined up at polling stations. Soviet-era music blared out of speakers in front of a central voting station.

Controversial elections go ahead in eastern Ukraine

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