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Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence while the Kremlin makes it clear that Moscow has no intention of immediately annexing the two regions. A weekend referendum there showed most voters allegedly backing sovereignty. (May 12)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 11 May 2014

1. Votes being counted

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

2. Wide, close-up insurgents declaring themselves independent

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 11 May 2014

3. Close-up ballots

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

4. Close-up Russian flag

5. Various, pro-Russia insurgents

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Moscow, Russia - 12 May 2014

6. Wide, close-up woman tying orange and black ribbons on Ukrainian Embassy fence, supporting pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine

7. Close-up Russian Foreign Minister Sergevy Lavrov speaking to reporters

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Kiev, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

8 Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov, entering meeting room

9. Wide of meeting in progress

10. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Oleksandr Turchynov, acting Ukrainian President: (Transcript below)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 11 May 2014

11. Close-up people voting

12. Close-up ballots

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Moscow, Russia - 12 May 2014

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Maria Lipman, political analyst and editor in chief of the Carnegie Moscow Centre's Pro et Contra Journal: (Transcript below)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

14. Wide, news conference

15. Wide, Parliament building

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Crimea - 13 March 2014

16. Close-up pro-Russia supporters outside Crimean government building

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Moscow, Russia - 12 May 2014

17. Various, Lipman's office

18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Maria Lipman, political analyst and editor in chief of the Carnegie Moscow Centre's Pro et Contra Journal: (Transcript below)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

19. Wide, news conference of insurgents declaring themselves independent

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Luhansk, Ukraine - 12 May 2014

20. Various, insurgents reading out results of vote in front of government building

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

ONE DAY AFTER VOTERS IN TWO EASTERN UKRAINIAN REGIONS ALLEGEDLY BACKED SOVEREIGNTY ...

PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS IN DONETSK AND LUHANSK ARE DECLARING THEMSELVES INDEPENDENT AND ASKING TO JOIN RUSSIA.

ORGANIZERS SAY ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO CAST BALLOTS VOTED TO MOVE THE SPRAWLING AREAS THAT FORM UKRAINE'S INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND, CLOSER TO RUSSIA.

THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE RESPONSE FROM THE KREMLIN TO MONDAY'S CALL FROM INSURGENT GROUPS.

EARLIER MOSCOW MADE IT CLEAR IT HAD NO INTENTION OF IMMEDIATELY ANNEXING THOSE AREAS.

UKRAINE'S ACTING PRESIDENT IS SLAMMING SUNDAY'S HASTILY ARRANGED, UNOFFICIAL BALLOT AS A SHAM.

(SOT: Oleksandr Turchynov, acting Ukrainian President:)

"That farce the separatists call a "referendum" is nothing more than propaganda hiding behind those awful crimes; killing, torture and kidnapping they are carrying out."

THE INSURGENTS SAID TURNOUT TOPPED 70 PERCENT, BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONFIRM SUCH CLAIMS.

(SOT: Maria Lipman, political analyst and editor in chief of the Carnegie Moscow Centre's Pro et Contra Journal)

"Overarching sentiment behind this vote is deep resentment towards the government in Kiev. People in these regions do not recognise this government as representing them in any way."

THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT IN KIEV AND THE WEST ARE ACCUSING MOSCOW OF STIRRING WEEKS OF UNREST IN EAST UKRAINE IN A POSSIBLE ATTEMPT TO GRAB MORE LAND AFTER ANNEXING CRIMEA IN MARCH _ ACCUSATIONS THAT RUSSIA HAS DENIED.

ANALYST MARIA LIPMAN SAYS MOST IN THE EASTERN ARE REACHING FOR SOME KIND OF DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION ...

(SOT: Maria Lipman, political analyst and editor in chief of the Carnegie Moscow Centre's Pro et Contra Journal)

"No matter how deeply resentful the local populations may be of the government in Kiev, they are not looking at a military intervention."

IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHETHER SUNDAY'S VOTE COULD LEAD TO SECESSION, BUT INSURGENTS IN LUHANSK SAY THEY ARE ALREADY OPTING OUT OF UKRAINE'S MAY 25 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

TRACY BROWN/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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