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Ukraine warns of 'abyss' as rebel east approaches self-rule vote

Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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An election commission worker carries a ballot box at a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An election commission worker carries a ballot box at a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An election commission worker carries a ballot box at a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Election commission worker Vera Pozhidaeva demonstrates the readiness of a polling station for Sunday's referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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A masked man walks past a burnt-out armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A masked man walks past a burnt-out armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A masked man walks past a burnt-out armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Local residents lay flowers at broken windows of a burnt trade union building before an Orthodox ceremony to mourn the deaths of pro-Russian supporters killed last week during street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters, in the Black Sea port of Odessa May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin

Local residents lay flowers at broken windows of a burnt trade union building before an Orthodox ceremony to mourn the deaths of pro-Russian supporters killed last week during street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters, in the...more

Local residents lay flowers at broken windows of a burnt trade union building before an Orthodox ceremony to mourn the deaths of pro-Russian supporters killed last week during street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters, in the Black Sea port of Odessa May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin
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A man walks past a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A man walks past a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A man walks past a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Armed pro-Russian separatists keep guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Armed pro-Russian separatists keep guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

Armed pro-Russian separatists keep guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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People react as they stand in front of a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People react as they stand in front of a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People react as they stand in front of a burning barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, separatist "people's mayor" of Slaviansk, holds a referendum ballot during a news conference in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, separatist "people's mayor" of Slaviansk, holds a referendum ballot during a news conference in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, separatist "people's mayor" of Slaviansk, holds a referendum ballot during a news conference in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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An armed pro-Ukraine man speaks to a woman riding a scooter at a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An armed pro-Ukraine man speaks to a woman riding a scooter at a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An armed pro-Ukraine man speaks to a woman riding a scooter at a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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People stand on top of an armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People stand on top of an armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People stand on top of an armoured personal carrier near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

People walk past a barricade near the city hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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A figure hangs at a pro-Ukraine checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A figure hangs at a pro-Ukraine checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A figure hangs at a pro-Ukraine checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A woman holds flowers as she stands in front of a gutted police station building in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A woman holds flowers as she stands in front of a gutted police station building in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A woman holds flowers as she stands in front of a gutted police station building in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near a box for donations outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near a box for donations outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard near a box for donations outside an administrative building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko
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