Donetsk Votes to Split in Controversial Referendum
Pro-Russian forces have claimed victory in Sunday's referendum for self-government in Ukraine's Donetsk region.
The supporters of federalization say that 89% had voted in favor of an autonomous Donetsk Republic, the BBC reports. The result in Luhansk is also set to be in the high percentage for federalization.
Voter turnout in Donetsk was reported at 75%.
The central government in Kiev has condemned the referendum as illegal and organized by Russia. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called on the federalists to refrain from organizing the referendums on the back of violence throughout the country.
The polls passed relatively peacefully, without any clashes. The BBC reported to have filmed a woman casting more than one ballot, as well as a pro-Ukrainian teacher who had received death threats.
In a second round of votes in a week, the respondents will be asked if they are in favor of joining the Russian Federation.
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Dear Novinite,You stubbornly call the ordinary people of the South-Eastern Ukraine "pro-Russian forces" and "separatists", while those who ILLEGALLY captured the power in Ukraine are for You the "central government".
Following Your perverted logic, Novinite, Bulgarian people, in 1878, were just "pro-Russian separatists", while Turks
were, sure, the "central government".