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Ukrainian officials also say armed men have taken control of election commission offices in eastern Ukraine.

If the elections go ahead as scheduled Sunday, pro-Moscow forces appear bent on stoking more violence in Donetsk and elsewhere. Further clashes with Ukrainian security forces are possible, if not likely.

“We will block the polling stations, bring in our own people and tell people the truth,” said pro-Russian activist Viktor Yermoshin, according to AP reports.

This article is based in part on wire-service reports.