The conflict in eastern Ukraine has now been raging for almost four years. There is a peace deal in place but there are ceasefire violations on a daily basis. Hopes now rest on a UN peacekeeping mission.
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.
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.
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.
Vienna wants answers after finding that an Austrian army colonel may have been passing information to the Russians. Foreign Minister Kneissl has summoned the Russian ambassador and canceled a trip to Russia.
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