Ukrainian Province of Donetsk Declares Independence
PETER LEONARD and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
May 12 2014 " ICH "
- " RT "
People's Republic has proclaimed itself a sovereign
state and has asked Moscow to consider its accession
into Russia, the Republic’s council said.
“We, the people of Donetsk, based on results of the
May 11 referendum and the declaration of sovereignty
of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from
now on DPR is now a sovereign state,”
Republic Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said. “Given
the will of the people of the Donetsk People's
Republic, and in order to restore historical
justice, we ask Russia to consider the issue of our
republic’s accession into the Russian Federation,”
Monday the results of referendums have been
announced in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, showing
the majority of voters support self-rule, amid an
intensified military operation by Kiev which
resulted in several deaths.
percent of voters in Donetsk Region have endorsed
political independence from Kiev, the head of the
Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed
‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, Roman Lyagin,
the ballots proved to be surprisingly easy – the
number of people who said ‘no’ was relatively small
and there appeared to be only a tiny proportion of
spoiled ballots, so we managed to carry out counting
quite fast. The figures are as follows: 89.07
percent voted ‘for’, 10.19 percent voted ‘against’
and 0.74 percent of ballots were rendered ineligible,”
Lyagin told journalists.
Region 96.2 percent of voters supported the region’s
self-rule, according to the final figures announced
by the local election commission.
Kremlin’s press service has issued a statement,
“Moscow respects the will of the people
in Donetsk and Lugansk and hopes that the practical
realization of the outcome of the referendums will
be carried out in a civilized manner.”
the necessity of a “dialogue between
representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk.”
At the same
time, both the EU and US dismissed the ballots in
eastern Ukraine as illegal.
In the two
weeks prior to the referendum, Kiev intensified the
military operation in southeastern Ukraine. May 9
became one of the
bloodiest days in the weeks of the operation. It
has been confirmed that nine people were killed and
another 49 injured during the armed assault of
Kiev’s army on Mariupol’s Police HQ. Driven by
reports of shooting, residents, then mostly
celebrating WWII Victory Day, flocked to the scene.
The Kiev fighters opened fire on civilians.