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Rebels declare victory in East Ukraine vote on self-rule

Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballots as they start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Ukrainian state security officers look at allegedly falsified ballot papers at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukrainian state security officers look at allegedly falsified ballot papers at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukrainian state security officers look at allegedly falsified ballot papers at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Members of a local election commission count votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Members of a local election commission count votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Members of a local election commission count votes of the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in Donetsk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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Members of a local election commission sort ballot after all ballots were taken from a ballot box as the commission start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballot after all ballots were taken from a ballot box as the commission start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of a local election commission sort ballot after all ballots were taken from a ballot box as the commission start counting votes of today's referendum on the status of Luhansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A Ukrainian soldier aims his rifle at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A Ukrainian soldier aims his rifle at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A Ukrainian soldier aims his rifle at an army checkpoint during a referendum on self-rule in the southeastern port city of Mariupol, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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People cast ballots at a polling station during the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People cast ballots at a polling station during the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People cast ballots at a polling station during the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A woman visits a polling station during the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A woman visits a polling station during the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A woman visits a polling station during the referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

People visit a polling station to take part in the referendum on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in Moscow May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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