Russian out, Ukranian now rebel chief

Posted: August 9, 2014 at 2:56 a.m.

A local resident displays fragment of a shell after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. At least three civilians have been killed and another 10 wounded in overnight shelling of the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine besieged by government forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

DONETSK, Ukraine — A Ukrainian has replaced a Russian at the helm of the insurgency in eastern Ukraine and declared that “only moral support” is desired from Moscow, as the Kremlin continues to rebut Western claims that it is calling the shots among the rebels.

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