Ukraine crisis: Russia to recognise rebel vote in Donetsk and Luhansk

Russia says it will recognise the results of controversial separatist elections in eastern Ukraine, which the rebels plan to hold on 2 November.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions “will be important to legitimise the authorities there”.

But Ukraine and Western governments say the elections should not go ahead. They accuse Russia of arming the rebels.

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