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East Ukraine rebel republics ask Putin to recognise their independence

Ukraine claims gains in the Lugansk region: governor
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The rebel leaders of east Ukraine’s two self-proclaimed republics asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognise the independence of their breakaway territories in a coordinated appeal on Monday.

“I ask you to recognise the sovereignty and independence of the Lugansk People’s Republic,” separatist Leonid Pasechnik said in a video aired on Russian state television. Denis Pushilin, the rebel head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, made a similar appeal.

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