As Ukrainian separatists claim victory in self-rule vote, fears of all-out civil war mount

By Simon Denyer, Michael Birnbaum, Fredrick Kunkle, May 12, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the birth of two new “sovereign” republics Monday after asserting victory in controversial self-rule referendums, and one of the regions promptly asked to join Russia.

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