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Fighting ramps up in Ukraine's Donbas ahead of presidential elections

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Ukraine goes to the polls on Sunday amid an uptick in fighting in the eastern Donbas region, where two Russian-backed republics broke away in 2015. FRANCE 24's Gulliver Cragg and Jonathan Walsh report.


The frontline separating government-held territory from that controlled by pro-Russian forces has moved little since 2015, but there is fighting almost every day – and has ramped up over recent weeks.

It is in this context that the second round of Ukraine's presidential elections on Sunday pits incumbent Petro Poroshenko against Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who plays a fictional president on TV.

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