Merkel Says Ukraine Rebel Votes Illegal as Tensions Mount

November 4, 2014 1:15 PM

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned “illegal” elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions today, as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko threatened to scrap a law on greater autonomy that’s part of an increasingly fragile cease-fire.

Amid warnings that Russia is amassing military vehicles in rebel-held areas, Poroshenko convenes a meeting of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council at 5 p.m. today to consider revoking the “special status” law that was part of the truce accord struck Sept. 5 in the Belarusian capital, Mins...

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