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Ukraine rebels snub Putin, vow to hold independence votes

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Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in east Ukraine vowed Thursday to press on with disputed independence referendums, defying a call from President Vladimir Putin to postpone the vote in a bid to ease tensions. 

A Ukrainian soldier looks out from entrance gate decorated with a banner as he guards shooting range of the National guard near Novy-Petrivtsi village, near Kiev, on May 8, 2014

"The vote will happen on May 11," the leader of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, declared to reporters.

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