Pro-Russian separatists guard their positions on a street in Makiivka, outside Donetsk, October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
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The European Union and United Nations condemned plans to hold elections in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, with the EU explicitly denouncing Moscow's support for the separatists' plans.In separate statements on Wednesday, two days after Russia said it would recognise the rebel ballots, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the EU's foreign affairs service said the voting would undermine last month's outline peace deal struck in Minsk between Kiev and Moscow.The EU echoed a call from the United States following Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine for Russia to help ensure people in Donetsk and Luhansk could vote in local ballots being organised nationwide by the Kiev authorities on Dec. 7 .
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