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May 12, 2014 AT 11:37 AM
The U.S. government will not recognize the results of two sovereignty referendums in eastern Ukraine. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the voting process "suspect," saying, "We do not recognize the illegal referendum that took place in portions of Donetsk and Luhansk over the weekend. It was illegal under Ukrainian law and an attempt to create further division and disorder in the country. Its methodology was also highly suspect, with reports of carousel voting, pre-marked ballots, children voting, voting for people who were absent, and even voting in Moscow and St. Petersburg." In the vote on Sunday, pro-Russian separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions won by an large majority in favor of independence from the main Ukrainian government in Kiev.