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Rebels appeal to join Russia after east Ukraine referendum

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An armoured fighting vehicle with pro-Russian rebels patrols in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 12, 2014 evening. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

An armoured fighting vehicle with pro-Russian rebels patrols in the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 12, 2014 evening. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A local woman welcomes armed pro-Russia militia men marching towards a polling station during a referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A local woman welcomes armed pro-Russia militia men marching towards a polling station during a referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Head of a local election committee Alexander Malykhin announces the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Head of a local election committee Alexander Malykhin announces the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Head of a local election committee Alexander Malykhin holds up a sheet of paper, which shows the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Head of a local election committee Alexander Malykhin holds up a sheet of paper, which shows the results of the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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People carry a coffin containing the body of Rodion Dobrodomov, a member of the Ukrainian National guard killed during a pitched battle in Mariupol on Friday, at his funeral in Kiev May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

People carry a coffin containing the body of Rodion Dobrodomov, a member of the Ukrainian National guard killed during a pitched battle in Mariupol on Friday, at his funeral in Kiev May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin
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People carry a coffin containing the body of Rodion Dobrodomov, a member of the Ukrainian National guard killed during a pitched battle in Mariupol on Friday, at his funeral in Kiev May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

People carry a coffin containing the body of Rodion Dobrodomov, a member of the Ukrainian National guard killed during a pitched battle in Mariupol on Friday, at his funeral in Kiev May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin
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Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini talks to the media as she arrives at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini talks to the media as she arrives at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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(L-R) Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, French Junior Minister in charge of European Affairs Harlem Desir, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean attend an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

(L-R) Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, French Junior Minister in charge of European Affairs Harlem Desir, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean attend an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini (R) arrive at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini (R) arrive at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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