The report said that basic administrative functions of the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are being run by six working groups at five Russian ministries.
On a recent spring morning, an important visitor watched Russian-backed rebels conduct infantry maneuvers on the sunlit training grounds outside this town in eastern Ukraine.
The civilian and military death toll in the conflict in eastern Ukraine is estimated to have surpassed 6,000Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:14
The conflict first began in April 2014, when pro-Russian separatists took control of buildings in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk following the Russian annexation of Crimea.
Pro-Russian Rebels Battling Ukrainian Forces Near the Russian Border Sought to Modify a New Truce DealMonday, 16 February 2015 15:18
Rebel commander Eduard Basurin told reporters that separatist fighters would not observe the truce in the key railway town of Debaltseve, where thousands of Ukraine troops are believed encircled by rebel fighters.
Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebel militias in the east of the country intensified on Saturday as fears grew for the durability of a ceasefire agreement that took effect at 12:01am on Sunday local time (10:01pm GMT on Saturday).
As fighting erupted throughout eastern Ukraine on Friday before a cease-fire begins on Saturday night, the United States accused Russia of joining separatist rebels in an all-out attack on Ukrainian forces around the contested town of Debaltseve.
Militia rebels in Ukraine are reportedly recruiting child soldiers for the frontline fight against troops, as columns of Russian military - including hundreds of tanks - cross the border into the embattled east of the country for what is feared will be a major offensive.
With armed men roaming the streets and war closing in, Lena Nahiba decided to escape from rebel-held Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
She took her six children with her.