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Ukraine Live Blog: Zelenskiy & The Crisis In The East

A memorial in Kyiv honoring the memory of 49 paratroopers and crew members f a UAF Il-76, which was shot down on the night of June 14, 2014, by Russia-backed separatists when approaching the airport in Luhansk.

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-- Russia has begun handing out Russian passports to Ukrainians from separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, a move condemned by Kyiv as "legally void."

-- A draft statement expected to be issued at an upcoming EU-Ukraine summit will express Brussels' continued recognition of Ukraine's European aspirations while dropping criticism of the country's education law, according to a copy of the draft seen by RFE/RL.

-- The chief organizer of a 2014 Donetsk separatist "independence" referendum in eastern Ukraine condemned by the international community has been detained by Ukrainian authorities, Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has announced.

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