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Pro-Russian separatists order mass evacuation of eastern Ukraine

Warnings of imminent assault by Ukrainian forces fuels fears Moscow is seeking to create pretext for invasion

The leaders of pro-Russian proxy states in eastern Ukraine announced a mass evacuation of citizens to Russia on Friday evening, amid fears that Moscow is manufacturing tension in the region to provide a pretext for renewed military intervention in Ukraine.

After the evacuation announcement, warning sirens sounded in Donetsk and other cities in the two Moscow-backed statelets, supposedly due to an upcoming Ukrainian military assault on the region.

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