90% Vote for Sovereignty in East Ukraine: Rebels

Referendum not monitored by independent observers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 11, 2014 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine say preliminary results of a contentious referendum show nearly 90% of voters have supported sovereignty for their region. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75% of the region's 3 million voters cast ballots today. With no independent observers monitoring the vote, however, verifying the figures will prove problematic, the AP notes. The referendum took place amid sustained condemnation from the central government in Kiev and the Western community.

A Ukranian woman casts her vote in a booth at a polling station in the center of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday May 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
Ukrainians line up to cast their votes at a polling station in the Budennovskiy district, on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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