Kiev fears for voting in east

Insurgents likely to block balloting, Ukrainian leaders say

Posted: May 25, 2014 at 4:58 a.m.

Pro-Russian militants check their weapons during a funeral, attended by thousands, for five pro-Russian activists, Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the town of Stakhanov, eastern Ukraine. Five insurgents killed in a battle with Ukrainian forces near the city of Luhansk were buried on Saturday. The clash is one of several firefights between the two sides that have left at least 20 dead and some 300 injured, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, days ahead of the country's presidential elections. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

KIEV, Ukraine -- Pro-Russia insurgents are likely to prevent voting today in half or more of the election districts in the restive east, Ukrainian officials said.

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