As the Ukrainian government prepared to resume peace talks Saturday, Ukraine’s election board warned that it may be impossible to hold next week’s crucial presidential election in the east, where a pro-Russia insurgency threatens to plunge the country into all-out civil war.
Meanwhile, violence erupted again, with a rebel leader seized and freed Saturday at a checkpoint near the eastern city of Kharkiv, site of the talks, and fighting flaring up overnight near the separatist stronghold of Slovyansk.
The Central Election Commission called for Kyiv authorities to take urgent action to ensure security in the east, saying the rebellion could prevent almost two million people from voting May 25.
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