By MARIA DANILOVA and YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — 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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