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Ukraine: "Referendum Ballots" Handed out in Donetsk

In the city of Donetsk, pro-Russia activists are handing out “ballot papers” for a vote on the status of Donetsk region, journalist Olga Ivshina reports on Twitter.

Ivshina says the papers are being openly distributed on the streets.

The ballot-sheet contains two questions, asking people to decide whether Donetsk region should “reunite” with Russia or remain part of Ukraine.

Separatists have become more active in Donetsk in recent weeks, although their leader Pavel Gubarev has been arrested.

The security agencies say “tourists” from Russia who include members of that country’s secret services have taken part in separatist rallies in Donetsk.  

This article republished from Ukrainska Pravda with kind permission.

Original article in Ukrainian/Russian.

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