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Ukraine: Voting opens in independence referendums
Donetsk, Ukraine, May 11, 2014
First Published: 10:55 IST(11/5/2014)
Last Updated: 11:06 IST(11/5/2014)
A voter casts a ballot during a referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. (Reuters Photo)

Voting opened Sunday in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels to split from the rest of Ukraine, polls the US slammed as "illegal" as the West fears they could spark civil war in the former Soviet republic.

The vote, carried out as two "referendums" in provinces where the insurgents hold more than a dozen towns, marks a serious deepening of the political crisis in Ukraine, which has pushed East-West relations to lows not seen since the end of the Cold War.

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