Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour.
Results from a similar vote in the region of Luhansk are due shortly and are expected to show a similar outcome. BBC reporters at polling stations on Sunday witnessed few checks on identity and multiple voting in places.
Ukraine's interim President Olexandr Turchynov has called the vote a "farce" with no legal consequences for Kiev.
The EU and US also said the polls were illegal. Separatists claimed two people were killed by armed men loyal to Kiev in the city of Krasnoarmiisk.
But otherwise the voting passed off peacefully, the BBC's Richard Galpin in Donetsk reports. A number of towns in the two regions refused to hold the poll.
The referendums were held despite an earlier call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay them in order to create the conditions necessary for dialogue. The Kremlin has so far made no official comments after the voting ended. (BBC)
Comments - 8
Petty Monday, 12 May 2014 11:51 AM
What kind of formula is that? MR Jill Mart???
jude Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:13 AM
Russia in a very clever & mindful way Claiming Back their territories lost in 1990's break-up of USSR???!!!!
M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:07 AM
global re gain move started in D/south 2014 2nd in May Ukrain the trend continue......................
tarzan Monday, 12 May 2014 09:04 AM
Is Sri lanka still backing Russia ???????
Petty Monday, 12 May 2014 09:07 AM
Should do this in Sri Lanka as well.....Russia should try this here...Well Done!
Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 12 May 2014 09:32 AM
Wishful thinking. Situations poles apart.
dalubanda Monday, 12 May 2014 09:33 AM
No No No International Community against to it.
dalubanda Monday, 12 May 2014 09:42 AM
This formula is not applicable to a small country like Sri Lanka but applicable to large countries like UK, Canada, India even for USA
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