Members of the media walk by the remains of a Ukrainian army 120mm mortar shell at a front line of the pro-Russian position on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Ukraine's election body issued a stark warning Saturday that it may be impossible to hold next week's crucial presidential election in the east, where a pro-Moscow insurgency is threatening to plunge the country into all-out civil war.And Russia also questioned how an election taking place under the "thunder of guns" could possibly meet democratic norms.The Central Election Commission called for the authorities in Kiev to take urgent action to ensure security in the east, saying almost two million people could be prevented from voting on May 25 because of the rebellion.The vote was called by the new leaders installed in Kiev after months of sometimes deadly pro-EU protests that led to the February ouster of Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych, viewed by many as corrupt and authoritarian.Dozens of people also remain missing after the pro-EU protests in Kiev, where over 120 people were killed in several days of bloodshed, she said.
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