pro-russian forces in eastern ukrainian territories have announced the creation of a new state, further complicating efforts to put an end to a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.leader of the so-called donetsk people’s republic alexander zakharchenko said tuesday that the region, along with a similar republic in neighboring luhansk province and representatives of other ukrainian regions would form a state called malorossiya.“we, representatives of the regions of the former ukraine, excluding crimea, proclaim the creation of a new state which is a successor to ukraine,` zakharchenko told russia’s tass news agency, adding, `we believe that the ukrainian state as it was cannot be restored.` he added that people in malorossiya would later have the chance to vote on a new constitution. malorossiya was the term used by the russian empire to identify most of the areas which are currently part of ukraine.the announcement comes just a day before a new round of talks on the ukrainian conflict in minsk. the belarusian capital has hosted several high-profile meetings over the past years to resolve the crisis which started in late 2014 when some deep political developments in kiev led to the rise of a pro-western government at the expense of a russia-backed one. leaders of france, germany, russia and ukraine reached a peace agreement in minsk in february 2015. the...