Russia angers Ukraine with backing for rebel polls

Boys, cadets of the Ukrainian Cadets Corps, hold the Ukrainian flag in Kiev on October 28, 2014Russia announced Tuesday it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, fuelling tensions with the country’s newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government. The rebel elections on Sunday should “go ahead as agreed,” and Russia will “recognise the results,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Izvestia daily. Moscow rejects accusations in Kiev and Western capitals that it is behind the armed uprising in Ukraine’s industrial heartland in which some 3,700 people have been killed since April. Senior Ukrainian foreign ministry official Dmytro Kuleba said Moscow was violating the truce deal it had itself sponsored in the Belarussian capital Minsk on September 5, undermining the peace process.

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