Ukraine rebels set on independence: Top separatist

 Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday insisted they intend to break away and become independent, despite a vow from President Petro Poroshenko the restive east will remain part of Ukraine.

Kiev: Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday insisted they intend to break away and become independent, despite a vow from President Petro Poroshenko the restive east will remain part of Ukraine.

"We are not considering remaining part of Ukraine," Andrei Purgin, the deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People`s Republic, told AFP.

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