A separatist celebrates in Luhansk

A separatist celebrates in Luhansk

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A separatist celebrates victory in a disputed independence referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on May 12, 2014. Events of the past two days in eastern Ukraine bore similarities to those that preceded Putin’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March, although Russia stopped short yesterday of suggesting an intention to absorb eastern Ukraine.