Putin says Russia will respect Ukraine vote as deadly clashes continue

May 23, 2014 6:54 PM

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Putin says Russia will respect Ukraine vote as deadly clashes continue

Violent clashes continued in Ukraine, as reports of at least 21 dead overshadowed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that Russia will recognize the outcome of Sunday’s presidential election in the embattled country.

Fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government forces appeared to be escalating, leaving 20 more rebels and one soldier dead, Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported Friday.

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