Eastern Ukraine's referendums for independence 'nothing more than propaganda,' says Ukrainian president

Sunday's referendums for independence in eastern Ukraine are "nothing more than propaganda," Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov asserted Monday. Kiev will not recognize the results of the referendum and will pursue "prosecution of its organizers."
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM
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KIEV, Ukraine, May 12 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian central government said Monday it rejects the referendums undertaken Sunday in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that asserted a preference for self-rule.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov decried the referendum as "propaganda."

"The farce that terrorists and separatists call a referendum is nothing more than a propaganda covering of murders, kidnappings, violence and other serious crimes...

"This propaganda farce will not have any legal consequences except for the prosecution of its organizers."

The newly claimed Donetsk People's Republic election commission reported 89 percent of voters favor self-rule and 10 percent opposed, with 75 percent voter turnout. The Luhansk election commission said 96.2 percent favor self-rule.

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