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Ukrainian Prosecutors Summon Regional Leader

6 April 6 (NCA) -- Prosecutors today quizzed the council leader of an eastern Ukrainian oblast who allegedly advocated splitting off eastern regions of the country during last year's tumultuous presidential campaign.

Spokeswoman Olena Bondarenko said Donetsk Oblast Council Chairman Borys Kolesnykov was being held after questioning by prosecutors.

Bondarenko said a prosecutor's official reportedly called Kolesnykov's aides after three hours of questioning to say that Kolesnykov needed a lawyer.

Vyacheslav Astapov, a spokesman for the federal Prosecutor-General's Office, confirmed Kolesnykov was questioned but refused to specify whether he was arrested.

Kolesnykov was a prominent supporter of former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych during last year's presidential campaign.