記事の中で気になった単語は"insignia"です。『Wisdom英和辞典第三版』（三省堂）によると「（地位などを示す）記章，勲章」などという意味がありました。ODには"A distinguishing badge or emblem of military rank, office, or membership of an organization"とあります。勲章の中でも特に，軍や組織で使われる用語ですね。（Ume）
Ukraine crisis: Rebel elections obstacle to peace - EU
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls were "a new obstacle on the path towards peace".
The central government in Kiev also described as a "farce" the polls in the two self-proclaimed people's republics in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Russia said it "respects the will of the people" in the polls, where the two current rebel leaders are set to win.
Self-proclaimed election officials say early results suggest Alexander Zakharchenko will become the regional head in Donetsk, while Igor Plotnisky will secure a victory in Luhansk.
The rebels also staged what they called parliamentary elections in the two regions - collectively known as Donbas.
In other developments on Sunday:
Sources told the BBC that up to 90 military trucks with rocket launchers and other weapons were seen passing through rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine; the convoy bore no military insignia
The Ukrainian military reported an "intensive deployment" of troops and equipment crossing the border from Russia into the east of the country
Rebel commanders said they had held a "people's trial" of two alleged rapists, sentencing one of them to death