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Donetsk rebel leader calls for attachment to Russia

Insurgent leader Denis Pushilin, centre, walks through a crowd with his bodyguards after his news conference in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

DONETSK, Ukraine: The self-proclaimed head of the "People's Republic of Donetsk" in eastern Ukraine on Monday declared the region a sovereign state and asked Russia to consider allowing it to accede.

"Proceeding from the expression of the will of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and in order to restore historical justice, we ask the Russian Federation to consider the issue of the Donetsk People's Republic becoming part of the Russian Federation," Denis Pushilin told reporters.

 

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