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Ukraine separatists organize 2 'self-determination' votes

Posted: May 11, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

An election official prepares voting booths Saturday at a poll station in Mariupol, Ukraine, ahead of a regional referendum today.

Separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are vowing to press ahead with referendums today intended to legitimize two self-declared new countries in Europe -- the people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk -- even though officials in those places say they are not likely to be long-lived.

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