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Second east Ukraine region snubs Putin call to delay vote

Moscow - Separatists in the east Ukrainian region of Luhansk on Thursday rejected an appeal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay an independence referendum.

Moscow - Separatists in the east Ukrainian region of Luhansk on Thursday rejected an appeal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay an independence referendum, RIA news agency quoted a separatist group there as saying. The rebel group, the Army of the Southeast, told RIA the referendum would go ahead as planned on Sunday. Interfax news agency quoted pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine’s eastern provincial capital of Donetsk as also saying the referendum would go ahead.

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