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Ukrainian Governor, Mayor Flee for Russia

Updated: 02/22/2014 1:32 PM
Created: 02/21/2014 9:42 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Ukraine's border guard service says that a leading governor and a mayor from the president's eastern base have fled to Russia.
    
A spokesman for the border guard service, Oleh Slobodyan, told The Associated Press that Kharkiv regional governor Mikhaylo Dobkin and Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes left Ukraine across the nearby Russian border Saturday.
    
Both are top allies of President Viktor Yanukovych, whose rule appeared increasingly under question after protesters took over the capital and parliament voted to remove him.
    
There are fears that Ukraine might split in two, creating a Russian-leaning east and Europe-leaning west.

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People gather at Independence Square during a funeral procession for anti-government protesters killed in clashes with the police in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Photo: AP/ Marko Drobnjakovic

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