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A Russian-backed gunman hangs a banner which reads 'Do not forget, do not forgive!' outside Slavyansk City Hall on May 8 | AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Ukraine Liveblog Day 80: Waiting For Victory Day

Tomorrow is Victory Day, the Soviet holiday commemorating the defeat of the Nazis. Pro-Russian rallies are planned across the region. Sunday is May 11, the proposed date for the separatists’ referendum on greater autonomy for eastern Ukraine. Will these events increase tensions and further divide Ukraine?

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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