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Zinaida Patskan, 80, stands in her destroyed house following a shelling from Ukrainian government forces in Semyonovka village near the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The election is a critical step for Ukraine. Russia, which the West alleges is fomenting the unrest that grips Ukraine’s eastern regions, claims the acting government is a junta; a credible election would bring a level of legitimacy to the government and undermine Moscow’s argument.

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13 Ukraine troops dead, over 30 wounded in attack

BLAHODATNE, Ukraine— Three days before Ukraine holds a key presidential vote, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing 13 troops in the deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting, Ukraine’s leader said

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