Ukraine rattled by Russia troop movements as separatists vote

A man casts his ballot during the vote in polling station in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on November 2, 2014Separatists in eastern Ukraine held elections Sunday as claims of “intensive” troop movements crossing the Russian border cast new doubts over a truce. The vote in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic was condemned by Kiev and the West, but backed by Russia, billed as bringing a degree of legitimacy to pro-Russian authorities already in control of the two main rebel-held cities. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko blasted the ballot as a “farce that is being conducted under the threat of tanks and guns” and warned Moscow not to follow through on its intention to recognise the result.

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