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Eastern Ukraine self-rule referendums votes hit 90 percent in favor

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Last Updated: May 12, 2014

Eastern Ukraine regions Donetsk and Luhansk have been voting for self-rule referendums, but according to various sources inside the regions, violence has erupted and the corrupt inside the voting areas has been funnelled by pro-Russia fundamentalist groups.

Information is currently scattered, but the results in the Donetsk region appear to be 90 percent in favor of self-rule. The Donetsk People’s Republic has already been created to support the movement to self-rule, although Ukraine and Western governments have condemned referendums.

Reports say the Donetsk and Luhansk regions will both get involved in voting next week on joining Russia. Ukraine’s interim President Olexandr Turchynov has called the referendums a step into the abyss and a farce, blaming Russia for influencing movements in the regions.

The voting has been deemed largely illegal by the Kiev government, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of people going to polling booths to vote. Various schools have been targeted for polling areas and one school teacher said she received death threats after not using the school as a polling area.

EU leaders have warned that further sanctions will come to Russia if they continue to push movements in Donetsk and Luhansk, along with news that Russia is influencing delays on the Ukrainian elections for the next President.

Civil war in the country has been a constant question for EU leaders to face and it looks more and more likely to happen now that there is a divide between states in Ukraine, with around 90 percent apparently voting in favor of self-rule and possibly more voting for Russia to takeover.

Russia annexed the Southernmost part of Ukraine a few months ago, Crimea. The move was hit hard by EU and UN sanctions, but Russia has pushed forward and now it looks like they have their eyes on even more of Ukraine, moving more soldiers to the boarder of Ukraine.

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