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  1. Pro-Russian Separatists Refuse to Push Back Referendum 

    Vladimir Putin asked pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on autonomy set to take place Sunday. But the separatists reportedly decided today to go ahead with the vote. Putin noted that delaying would allow dialogue to take place with Kiev, and he even added a sign of support for Ukraine’s upcoming national election. The Russian leader also said he was calling troops back from the Ukrainian border, but the White House and NATO said they have not yet seen signs of Russia backing down.

    Sources: Reuters, BBCWashington Post 

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