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Insurgents in Eastern Ukraine Declare Independence

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Pro-Russia insurgents have declared independence for the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.

They read out the declaration at a rally Monday in the city of Luhansk after insurgents said 96 percent voted Sunday for the region's independence.
 
The announcement came only an hour after separatists in the neighboring Donetsk region declared independence and also asked to join Russia.
 
Both regions held a hastily arranged vote on separatism Sunday that Ukraine's government and its western allies said violated international law.
 
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin's office urged the Ukrainian government to engage in talks with representatives of eastern Ukraine that could be brokered by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  The cautious stance -- which contrasted with Russia's quick annexation of Crimea after a separatist vote there -- appears to reflect Putin's hope of negotiating a solution to what has become the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
 
"The practical implementation of the referendum results should proceed in a civilized way without any throwbacks to violence through a dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk," the statement said.    (AP)
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