Kiev intensifies military op in Eastern Ukraine

Kiev intensifies military op in Eastern Ukraine

People stand in a line to receive ballots from members (front) of a local election commission during the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol May 11, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

People stand in a line to receive ballots from members (front) of a local election commission during the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol May 11, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

As Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions hold pro-autonomy referendums, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev are continuing their crackdown on anti-government activists. The unrest in the country’s southeast has already resulted in dozens of deaths.

Sunday, May 11

13:45 GMT:

The “people’s governor” of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been freed from prison in Kiev, said that “physical force and moral suasion” was applied on him there, RIA Novosti reported. The anti-Kiev activist, currently in Slavyansk and protected by self-defence activists, added that he doesn’t want to “try on the halo of a martyr.” During his month in jail, he said that he did not communicate with investigators or testify. Gubarev told journalists in Slavyansk that the conditions in detention were bad. “I have been sleeping for a month on iron bunks without a mattress,” he said.

13:37 GMT:
13:23 GMT:

Lugansk region residents eager to take part in the ongoing referendum concerning the federalisation of Ukraine will be provided with mobile electoral commissions. Residents have phoned the electoral commission, asking them to organise mobile voting points for them, as their cities have been encircled by APCs from Kiev’s armed forces.

13:06 GMT:

Anti-government activists claim they have detained presidential candidate Oleg Lyashko. That was announced by a representative of self-defense forces at a meeting near the city council building in Mariupol.

12:38 GMT:

More than fifty percent of voters in the Donetsk region have already cast their ballots, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin. He added, that the referendum results could be made public Monday afternoon.

12:22 GMT:

Donetsk self-defense forces say the Ukrainian army has blocked several roads in the region, Gazeta.ru reported. The same source says that the city council building in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, in the Donetsk region, was taken over by the Ukrainian National Guard.

11:31 GMT:

The people’s governor of the Donetsk region, Pavel Gubarev, told journalists that Donetsk and Lugansk will emerge as new legal entities as a result of the referendum.

The referendum for us is about creating a new state paradigm,” he said.

11:20 GMT:
11:10 GMT:

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry says the results of the referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk regions won’t affect the country’s territorial integrity and form of government.

Organizers of this criminal farce have consciously violated the Ukrainian constitution and laws, and have neglected calls coming from the authorities in Ukraine and from the international community,” the ministry’s statement reads.

10:46 GMT:

10:38 GMT:

A man fired several gunshots at the ceiling in a polling station in Donetsk, according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, RIA Novosti reports. Lyagin said the gun was a traumatic one and the man was quickly detained.

10:37 GMT:

10:25 GMT:

The death toll from Odessa’s May 2 riots has risen to 47, after 34-year-old Evgeny Losinsky, who was shot in the stomach, died in the hospital, Itar-Tass reports.

10:15 GMT:

The referendum turnout in the Lugansk region has already reached 65 percent, according to the chairman of the local referendum committee, Aleksandr Malykhin, RIA Novosti reported.

09:32 GMT:

Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk region towns of Krasny Liman, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk has entered its final stage, according to the acting head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Sergey Pashinsky, Interfax reported. Pashinsky said “a lot of separatists have been eliminated during the operation,” but did not provide any figures.

09:30 GMT:

People flocked to a polling station in Ukraine’s Mariupol Sunday morning, as several locations across the city did not open fearing violence. Citizens of the two southeastern regions of Ukraine are being asked if they “support the Act of state self-rule” of Donetsk People’s Republic or Lugansk People’s Republic.

09:06 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum in the Donetsk Region has already exceeded 30 percent according to the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, as reports ITAR-TASS.

“Voting is taking place in most of the cities in the Donetsk Region and it has been very interesting,” Lyagin commented. “We did not even expect such a turnout, but the commission is coping. We have already broken the 30 percent barrier. We think that by around midday, this figure may be about 35 percent, but we are expecting things to really pick up towards the evening,” the head of the Central Election Commission added.

08:27 GMT:

Communication has been lost with two territorial self-determination referendum committees in the town of Krasny Liman, in southeast Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, said, according RIA Novosti.

Lyagin said a military operation is currently going on in that area.

08:02 GMT:

People in Mariupol are showing their ballot papers and how they have voted.

07:46 GMT:

Turnout at the referendum is exceptionally high, the head of the Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Roman Lyagin, told Interfax.

The turnout is not just high, it’s off the charts,” Lyagin said. “People are queuing up at polling stations, and election commissions are working at full capacity.”

In Lugansk, 22 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots two hours after the polls opened, a leader of the city’s self-defense forces, Vasily Nikitin, told RIA Novosti.

Published time: April 15, 2014 14:19
Edited time: May 11, 2014 09:45

 

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