Ukraine Votes as Prez Warns of 'Step Into Abyss'
Referendum on self-rule goes forward
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2014 7:23 AM CDT
A polling station voluntary worker checks the passport of a voter at a polling station in the district of Budennovskiy, outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – The question on the referendum is simple: "Do you support the act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic/Luhansk People's Republic?" The act of answering, in today's poll in Ukraine's aforementioned two eastern provinces, is contentious, chaotic, and already being denounced as rigged and what acting President Oleksandr Turchnyov is calling "a step toward the abyss." BBC reporters on the ground in Donetsk and Luhansk describe long lines, haphazard processes, and less-than-reliable voter lists. The AP reports that while proceedings have been largely peaceful, irregularities persist such as one village in which polling was delayed by three hours after officials forgot to bring a ballot box. Complicating matters, international observers are absent. The poll goes forward despite Vladimir Putin's call to the contrary.

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May 11, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
Well, voting is over in most places. The organizers are reporting 70%-80% turnout. It's about time for the west to scream "foul play" and "falsification"!!!
May 11, 2014 11:09 AM CDT
Nowadays, everyone wants their own country, aspiring to receive global welfare. Russia may have oil and gas money but little else and does anyone in their right mind wish to ally with them for future productivity?
May 11, 2014 10:57 AM CDT
The USA has been reduced to the great whining and blaming state. It criticizes, points fingers and waives the stick of "more sanctions" (which everybody knows are useless). The USA is isolated and it s whining is very tiresome. It is the laughing stock of the world. Look how the zionists have reduced the country to their doll and plaything. USA is the Aunt Sally of the world.