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Aggression against Ukraine: Separatists announce victory in referendum deemed illegal by Kyiv and Europe

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Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes of today’s referendum on the status of Luhansk region in Luhansk.

In Ukrainian eastern Donetsk Oblast, pro-Russian separatists have announced that 89% ballots have been cast in favour of the self-rule of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results – also expected to show a strong backing – will be released on May 12.

Kyiv Post reports that people were able to cast their ballot at schools, enterprises, on the streets, train stations, shops and even at the building of local election commission. One could do it in person, by proxy, or even cast several ballots at once.

Ukraine considers the vote a «criminal farce» organised by Russia and the EU and US have also announced the polls were illegal.

A number of towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts refused to hold the poll.


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  1. mike walsh says:

    The West sure hates the people expressing their will. Seems the orchestrated compliant media disapproves too.

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    • Adams says:

      Only if its an extremely bias comment, that has absolutely no purpose other than, to get an agree reaction so the unwanted commenter can get his/her rocks off.

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  2. Enrique says:

    This was not a referendum it was a total joke!! under Kremlin control and everyone in the world with any sense knows it.

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  3. Enrique says:

    Really what about Gay rights in Russia?

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  4. Josh says:

    Just heard that the vote in east Ukraine that 190% voted yes! earlier today it was re- evaluated by Russian Activists and by the Kremlin x KGB officers that a vote of 97% was not deemed enough so they updated their number! What a democracy they have…the envy of the world.

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  5. Josh says:

    I always wondered how long it takes for 1 million people to vote in about 6 different voting boxes. We know now thanks to the good old Kremlin….about 12 hours. Strange how a football stadiums takes about 2 hours to empty 50k seats, and people just need to walk out without going to a little enclosed area to state yes or no on some paper and then put it into a little voting box. Amazing speed one thinks.. What a total shame, that one complete idiot who often writes comments on here endorses.

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  6. Andrej says:

    Yeah my town has thirty thousand people and during voting day it takes from 7am until 10pm and still only about 3/4 of the town vote with fifteen local voting stations throughout the town, my identity is checked twice before I even am even able to vote. and there are certainly no armed men nearby. Maybe having a gun pointed at you will speed things up a little!

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  7. Piotr says:

    Seen report that Moscow had ballet box for this fake referendum. If they can have ballot boxes in Moscow for Ukraine then surely the rest of Ukraine can have a vote about the eastern side of their own country…what a joke Russian politics is!

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