A bride and groom visit a pro-Russia rally outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Friday denied that Moscow had sent any soldiers or security agents to Ukraine's eastern regions where a separatist movement has demanded independence from Kiev.Separately, Crimean lawmakers adopted a new constitution, taking another step to cement the region's absorption into Russia despite strong objections from the Muslim Tatar minority.President Vladimir Putin signed legislation annexing Crimea last month following a referendum held after Russia had established military control and dismissed as illegitimate by Ukraine and the West.Members of the 300,000-strong Muslim Tatar minority have opposed to Russia's takeover, Crimea protested their lack of inclusion in the drafting of the new constitution.
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