Ukraine Says Rebel-Held Elections Pose Threat to Peace

November 3, 2014 6:00 PM

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Russian-backed rebels held elections in their self-proclaimed people’s republics in eastern Ukraine, a move that the government in Kiev said poses a threat to the peace process.

Rebels organized the ballots in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk a week after boycotting Oct. 26 national parliamentary elections. The one-day ballot, designed to pick a head of government as well as local parliament, was only backed by Russia and defied governments from Kiev to Washington.

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