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Moscow questions Ukraine vote amid 'thunder of guns'

A local woman welcomes armed pro-Russia militia men marching towards a polling station during a referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

MOSCOW: Moscow on Saturday questioned whether Ukraine's May 25 presidential election can be held democratically amid continued fighting in the east of the country.

"Can elections held amid the thunder of guns really meet the democratic norms of the electoral process?" the foreign ministry said in a statement, urging authorities in Kiev to "immediately end military operations" in the country's southeast.

 

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