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Ukraine crisis: Putin 'backs' presidential election

7 May 2014 Last updated at 20:26 BST

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine's presidential election on 25 May is a step "in the right direction".

Mr Putin also urged pro-Russian activists in south-eastern Ukraine to call off a series of independence referendums planned for this weekend.

It comes amid high tension between Russia and Kiev, and its allies in the West, over the crisis in Ukraine.

The BBC's Daniel Sandford reports from Moscow.