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Leaders in east Ukraine vote to take control of their areas
Leaders of mainly Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine that are loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich challenged the legitimacy of the national parliament on Saturday and said they were taking control of their territories.
A resolution adopted at a meeting of regional leaders in Kharkiv decried a series of measures parliament passed that reduce the president's powers:
The decisions taken by the Ukrainian parliament in such circumstances cause doubts about their [...] legitimacy and legality. The central state organs are paralyzed. Until the constitutional order and lawfulness are restored [...] we have decided to take responsibility for safeguarding the constitutional order, legality, citizens' rights and their security on our territories.
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