The paramilitaries occupying munical buildings in Donetsk say they are democrats who want a referendum on the city's future. But local residents say they a minority, stirred up by Russian pressure.
Voters in east Ukraine have confirmed in office interim leaders of two rebel-held regions. The polls, denounced by Kyiv and the West, are widely seen as tightening Moscow's grip on the territories.
Russia looked isolated at a UN Security Council meeting that addressed eastern Ukraine rebels' planned elections. The US, EU and a top UN official said the November 11 polls would violate the Minsk agreements.
Residents of parts of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists have voted in polls condemned by Germany. A rebel official accused Ukraine of using "telephone terrorism" to try to tamper with the vote.
Kyiv officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of killing several soldiers ahead of a vote in the separatist-controlled Donbass region. President Petro Poroshenko has said "nobody will recognize" the outcome of the vote.
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