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Ukraine forces, pro-Russian rebels clash as election looms

Pro-Russian activists guard a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Pro-Russian activists guard a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Pro-Russian activists guard a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Pro-Russian activists check a car at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Pro-Russian activists check a car at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Pro-Russian activists check a car at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukranian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Passengers in a bus look at a pro-Russian activist as he regulates road traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Passengers in a bus look at a pro-Russian activist as he regulates road traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Passengers in a bus look at a pro-Russian activist as he regulates road traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Romania's President Traian Basescu (R) welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Romania's President Traian Basescu (R) welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Romania's President Traian Basescu (R) welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Cotroceni presidential palace in Bucharest May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel
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