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Insurgents In Eastern Ukraine Declare Independence

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May 12, 2014 AT 8:45 AM
Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and those in Donetsk even asked to join Russia — a day after holding a hastily arranged vote that Ukraine's government and its western allies said violated international law. ROMAN LYAGIN, HEAD OF THE SEPARATIST ELECTION COMMISSION announced the results. Organizers said 89 percent of those who cast ballots Sunday in the Donetsk region and about 96 percent of those who turned out in Luhansk voted for sovereignty for the sprawling areas that lie along Russia's border and form Ukraine's industrial heartland. Donetsk has about 4.4 million people and Luhansk has 2.2 million.