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Reuters Photo Roman Lyagin, leader of the separatist republic’s election commission, sits on boxes of ballots Thursday at the commission headquarters in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Rebels ignore Putin’s call to delay self-rule vote: Vote could lead to war, Russia says

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DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.

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