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Key rebel leader resigns in east Ukraine, military plane shot down

  • Alexander Borodai, a key rebel leader and self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, has stepped down from his post, as per media reports.

    Borodai, a Russian citizen, did not give any clear reasons for the decision.

    The resignation comes amid rapid advances by Ukraine’s military towards Donetsk city, which is controlled by pro-Russian fighters and a Russian troop build-up by the border.

    As shelling in the area continues, the rebels shot down a military plane belonging to Ukraine forces close to the town of Yenakievo, reports said.

     

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