Ukraine: Rebel leader resigns; militants shoot down fighter plane

August 7, 2014 8:38 PM

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Ukraine: Rebel leader resigns; militants shoot down fighter plane

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -- A prominent leader of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine resigned his post Thursday as fighting flared there, with militants reportedly downing a Ukrainian military plane.

Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told reporters he was stepping down and handing over power to Alexander Zakharchenko, a little-known militia commander.

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