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Rebels in east Ukraine claim landslide vote for independence

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Pro-Russian rebels late Sunday claimed voters in eastern Ukraine massively backed independence in a disputed poll that Kiev and the West dismissed as an illegal "farce". 

Members of an election commission empty ballot box at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on May 11, 2014

A total 89 percent of voters cast ballots in favour of self-rule in the Donetsk province, one of two regions holding "referendums", according to the insurgents' self-styled electoral commission.

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