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Tensions high on eve of east Ukraine independence vote

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Election preparations were underway in east Ukraine Saturday on the eve of an independence vote called by pro-Russian separatists as government forces pushed ahead with a military offensive against the rebels. 

Ukrainian security forces guard a checkpoint outside the southern city of Mykolayiv on May 9, 2014

The voting comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on Friday, for the first time since its annexation by Moscow, as the fighting in eastern Ukraine left more than 20 dead.

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