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Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union had already condemned the latest vote as a sham manipulated by Russia.

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-- France and Germany have called elections by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine "illegal and illegitimate," joining a chorus of international criticism over the vote.

-- Four Ukrainian soldiers were reported killed in or near separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

*Time stamps on the blog refer to local time in Ukraine

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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council (click to enlarge):

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