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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Separatists in the east Ukrainian region of Luhansk on Thursday rejected an appeal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay an independence referendum, RIA news agency quoted a separatist group there as saying.
The rebel group, the Army of the Southeast, told RIA the referendum would go ahead as planned on Sunday.
Interfax news agency quoted pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine's eastern provincial capital of Donetsk as also saying the referendum would go ahead.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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