"People's Republic Of Donetsk" Unveils Independence Referendum Set For May 11th

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As we showed in the map earlier, the spread of pro-Russian-held cities is rapid across eastern Ukraine and it seems things are reaching a very dangerous head very quickly. As RIA reports, the Central Election Commission of the "Donetsk People's Republic" has agreed to hold a referendum (covering 55 territorial election commissions, more than two thousand polling stations, and more than two million ballots) on May 11th. Citizens will answer one simple question, "Do you support the act of the proclamation of independence of the Donetsk State People's Republic?" As RIA adds, leadership have stated that region of Donetsk will not vote in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine if the majority of residents support independence.


RIA reports that the Central Election Commission "Donetsk People's Republic" formed the referendum 55 territorial election commissions, and more than two thousand polling stations, published more than two million ballots, according to RIA Novosti, the CEC Chairman, "the People's Republic of Donetsk" Roman Lyagin.

"We organize the referendum, preparation for the meeting less than a month. During this time, much has been done: we formed today 55 TECs and 2000 279 plots. Process that the state is held over three months, we have been in the past month" - he said.


The referendum will be held in Donetsk region on May 11. Citizens will have to answer the question: "Do you support the act of the proclamation of independence of the Donetsk State People's Republic?".

Turnout is expected to reach 70 percent of voters area.

According to the head of the CEC, the funds for a vote there. "We are holding a referendum on popular initiative, the budget is minimal. This donation of ordinary people," - said Lyagin.


According to him, to print newsletters, you need 100 000 hryvnia, the basic costs of buying paper. He also clarified that the devices for printing ballots "were provided by our friends, partners, we did not buy them."


The referendum results will be announced on May 12.


Activists are sure it will be just the beginning of the path. "We'll get right to self-determination and decide how we want to see your region.

This is a problem for the current Ukraine government - as another major region of their country fades away from their control...

The eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk will not vote in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine if the majority of residents support independence in a referendum two weeks earlier, a protest leader said Wednesday.


We have no plans to take part in our neighbor’s election,” said Denis Pushilin, a leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.




Moscow has repeatedly expressed doubts about the legitimacy of upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine, saying they violate international laws and urging Kiev to take into consideration the demands of all citizens in the country.


In the meantime, we showed the map earlier of what regions are currently under separatist control, but as the following map shows, there is a growing number of regions that "at risk"...

Source: @ukroblogger

So, now what will Washington do?

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john39's picture

Kerry- that would be undemocratic...

McMolotov's picture

Further proof that when the US spreads freedom and democracy, it is not by design but by accident.

i-dog's picture

What? There'e voting going on in here? I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you!

spine001's picture

Will the new region start with zero foreign debt? If so, all regions should become independent and leave the bankers trying to find somebody to pin the debt to.

Pinto Currency's picture


US & NATO gearing up to pound Ukraine if it goes after its own people just like they went after Gadaffi for targetting Al Qaeda Libyan independence movement.


Manthong's picture

Gee Vicky, I guess this is not exactly going according to plan.

This freedom thing can be a bitch when you screw too much with it.

Oh, and next time you see Hillary, congratulate her for all those executions in Egypt.

Latina Lover's picture

Yahoo Baby! Time to send in the Marines.../sarc off

Paraphrasing the foul mouthed JAP Vicky Nudelman, Ukraine is in play and the atoms are in place.

Latina Lover's picture

Putin 1

Obama 0 

Suck it Nudelman/EU, suck it real hard, give us you foul mouth, but don't breathe near us.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Putin: + infinity and Ukraine

Golfing pigeon: Moochelle + 0

giggler321's picture

It just depends upon what was ment by Atoms.


Since they have the stations in full operation with fuel supplied by Russia - all they need now is that missing MH370 to do belly flop and it's a done job.  Who's fault?   Who will get the blame for destroying the economy and lives of many millions of europeans?  An irradiated Germany does not need it's yellow.

TheReplacement's picture

If you screw with it, it isn't freedom.

BlindMonkey's picture

"US & NATO gearing up to pound Ukraine if it goes after its own people just like they went after Gadaffi for targetting Al Qaeda Libyan independence movement."

Wait a minute. How do you see NATO and the US ready to pounce on the Ukrainian Junta? They are the ones backing the Junta and the violence they are perpetrating on the East. Every time a US envoy goes to Kiev the Junta gets a spine and starts shooting.

Maybe I'm just not understanding which Ukraine government you are talking about but I think you are very wrong.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

You mean like the good bank, bad bank bullshit they do in finance? Why the hell not. Greece should draw up a new constitution, elect new leaders and pick a new name. Tell the bankers to collect from the country of Greece. It isn't any more ridiculous than what happens already in the financial markets.

Omen IV's picture

The USA & EU get the debt, the western UKraine and the Fascists!

fair trade for $5 billion

Nuland goes back to Bengazi for more good work she didnt finish last time

furgheddubouddit's picture

And on top of that, once it becomes clear to the US that they've accidently triggered a movement towards more freedom and democracy, they immediately step in to try and reverse it.

The script for the Ukraine was that people would be allowed to vote for one of Nuland's appointed puppets in a sham election, and that it would then be portrayed as 'democracy'.

But it looks like the Ukrainians in the East have thrown the script out and decided to improvise.


IronForge's picture

Well, they "did" spread it throughout UKR.

Crimea caught on and left; and all the other Regions are putting up Referendums as well...

Global Hunter's picture

you can't behave like this in the 21st century!

Bunga Bunga's picture

So USA independence was undemocratic too? mmmmh.

Millivanilli's picture

EU's Barroso and Van Rumpy are indignant.  How dare the people have a say on their political future!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Self determination and elections!!!  Democracy at work!!

The U.S.S.A. should be very happy to hear this.

< sarc off >

Never One Roach's picture

"Yes We Can!"  ... I hear is their slogan.

Squid Viscous's picture

the ballot box is always stronger than the bullet box! right Mr. Kohn?

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Cue a re-re-replay of Banderastan's famous and failed "anti-terrrist operation".

Life of Illusion's picture

game over if includes Kremenchuk and Odessa,,,oil hubs

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Dood, Odessa is nowhere near Donetsk.

OTOH, this is a pretty big deal.  I am a little curious about so much description of who is covered by the voting.  I hope they didn't cut out anti Russian areas.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

BTW another thought.

IMF funding flow depends on analysis of expenditures and revs.

With these regions (the mega productive agricultural regions) departing, so does their rev flow.

The IMF can't complete its analysis.

thamnosma's picture

So western Ukraine isn't a grain producing area?   Interesting.  Nothing like another failed state joining the EU.   On the other hand, it will be very friendly to NATO bases.

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, a fine crop of tanks & missiles...how does one eat a tank?

downwiththebanks's picture

Politically, yes, but ideologically not so much.  They can have a referendum just the same.  The whole border of Moldova might explode next with referendum fever.

NATO is just plain fucked here, boys.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

Dominoes anyone.....

kchrisc's picture

The new "Domino Theory": "If we don't stop them there, all of Eastern Europe may fall and become less fascist than us."

Aussiekiwi's picture

true, but funny, and in this day and age we need all the laughs we can get.

Wahooo's picture

Can't wait for the first U.S. state to hold an independence referendum and declare allegiance to the RF.

Squid Viscous's picture

Maybe Texas... if they had the balls

I would move there immediately...

BlindMonkey's picture

Too many similarities between Obama and Lincoln for my comfort. I have no doubt he would find a modern Sherman and burn a path through Texas.

MakeMineADouble's picture

Don't know how accurate this rumor is but there you have it:


kchrisc's picture

Hey Nuland, better hand out more cookies. LOL

I wonder if they will disappear another plane again?!

mccvilb's picture

Kerry will move to block this on the grounds it conflicts with the scheduled NFL draft.

youngman's picture

This will be the new norm...just wait a couple of years until the Muslims in Britain have more population than the Brits have...they will vote to become a Muslim country with Sharia laws....same with many European countries...just vote them out....we in the USA will be outvoted by the ilegal immigrants...no ID..no problem

withglee's picture

Thus, racism is both an offensive and defensive issue. The offense has gotten themselves branded as being the good racists. The defense has been branded as the ugly racists. It doesn't look to me like we're moving towards a melting pot. Thus, it would seem that defense of and protection of one's race would be prudent. So why again is apartheid a bad thing?

John Wilmot's picture

Simple solution.

Open the borders, close the polls.

Immigration is only a political problem in a democracy.

And I'm not being sarcastic.

Think about it from the perspective of maximizing freedom.

Which is more important: your right to travel freely, or your 1/300,000,000th share of the decision making power represented by your vote?

I'll take a monarchy with open borders over a democratic prison-state any day of the week.


Overfed's picture

Better yet, open the borders and take away the entitlements. People looking to be productive should be welcomed, freeloaders should find no shelter.

John Wilmot's picture


There should be no welfare for anyone, immigrants or natives.

But if, for political reasons, we have to begin by denying it to immigrants, that's fine too.

q99x2's picture

How dare the people decide what they want. Washington D.C. would never have let that happen.

Let them eat iPads's picture

I'm sure there won't be an coersion from pro-Russian goons at the ballot stations.

None whatsoever.

NOZZLE's picture

Maybe you could arrange SEIU goons from Milwaukee to drive across border from Hungary and vote multiple times in referendum.


TheMeatTrapper's picture

I'm sure there won't be an coersion from pro-Russian goons at the ballot stations.

None whatsoever.


You mean like the Black Panthers in Philadelphia? Perhaps we need to worry about our shit before flinging it at others. 

Let them eat iPads's picture

A common theme on ZH is to excuse the vile actions of others by saying "the US does this too".

Yeah, I know all about the deplorable things the US has done.