Ukraine's rebel leader is sworn in, crisis deepens

November 4, 2014 11:17 AM

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Ukraine's rebel leader is sworn in, crisis deepens

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A pro-Russian separatist leader was sworn in on Tuesday as the head of a self-proclaimed 'people's republic' in eastern Ukraine in a ceremony that worsened a standoff with Russia.

Alexander Zakharchenko, who was elected in a rogue vote on Sunday that was denounced as a "farce" by Kiev and illegitimate by the West, took the oath to "honestly serve the interests of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and conscientiously fulfill my duties."

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