The SBU released an audio recording on Wednesday of a taped conversation between Russian Unity movement leader Alexander Barkashov in Moscow and Dmytro Boitsov, the "unregistered" Orthodox Donbass organizaton leader in Donetsk. Boitsov is heard requesting Russian military support for the referendum and, in response, Barkashov suggests falsifying the referendum's results.
Amidst the allegations of Russian interference, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday, "We are asking representatives of the southeastern regions of Ukraine and federalization supporters to reschedule the referendum scheduled for May 11."
Putin claimed that by postponing, southeastern Ukraine's regional representatives can "create necessary conditions for dialogue" with the central government in Kiev.
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