Pro-Russian fighters collect ammunition from the site of remnants of a downed Ukrainian army aircraft Il-76 at the airport near Luhansk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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Church bells rang out over Kiev's Maidan Square and hundreds of mourners bowed their heads in silence Sunday, a national day of mourning, to honor 49 Ukrainian servicemen killed by pro-Russian separatists.But some 600 kilometers away to the east in the city of Donetsk, the heart of an armed insurgency against central rule by Kiev, there were few signs of mourning as people enjoyed a lazy stroll, sipped coffee in cafes and watched their children play. Few events illustrate more clearly the bitter chasm that has opened up between east Ukraine and the rest of the country of 45 million. Some Ukrainians still fear that Russia and the West could fight a proxy war in Ukraine and would rather let the rebellious regions of Donetsk and Luhansk go than face such a conflict.It has increased tension as Moscow and Kiev try to agree how much Ukraine should pay for Russian gas before a Monday deadline for Kiev to pay $1.95 billion in debts or have its gas cut off – potentially disrupting flows to the rest of Europe.Few sympathizers could be found in east Ukraine, where leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ignored Poroshenko's call for a day of mourning and did not arrange a minute's silence to remember the victims.
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