East Ukraine's separatists: a patchwork of fiefdoms run by rowdy warlords

November 11, 2014 11:45 AM

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East Ukraine's separatists: a patchwork of fiefdoms run by rowdy warlords

In this Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a statue of the Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin with a grenade launcher fixed in a hand is situated at one of the Cossacks check-points at Miusinsk, Eastern Ukraine. As armed pro-Russian separatists were seizing one town after another in eastern Ukraine, groups of Cossacks in early May crossed from southern Russia to occupy territories along the border. They claimed they did so to defend the interests of the native Russian-speaking population. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov) (The Associated Press)

In this Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014 photo Nikolai Kozitsyn, the "Daddy", leader of so-called Great Don Army speaks in Perevalsk, Eastern Ukraine. Reebels don’t call Nikolai Kozitsyn “Daddy” for nothing. In this rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town, the mustachioed Cossack lords it over the locals and pays l...

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