Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA
Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA

Tensions soar in east Ukraine ahead of independence referendum

Violent clashes kill at least 21 in run up to disputed poll on the sovereignty of regions of eastern Ukraine as Russian president visits Crimea

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Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA
Armed supporters of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic depart for Mariupol to help to separatists fighting Ukrainian National Guard forces. Photo: EPA
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