A gunman guards during a news conference by Vacheslav Ponomarev leader of the pro-Russian gunmen, alongside a local reporter, in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. In town after town in the beleaguered east, it‚Äôs hard to tell who‚Äôs in control - and the situation in Slovyansk is just one of the most dramatic examples. Since the unrest began, pro-Russia insurgents have adopted a strategy of electing so-called people‚Äôs leaders: mayors and regional governors who claim to represent the people‚Äôs will, despite their questionable background and skills for the job. One reportedly is under criminal investigation, another is an Internet blogger.
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