More than 100 thousand pre-filled separatist ‘referendum’ ballots seized as a terrorist group is captured

A group of armed terrorists was captured on May 10 in the environs of Sloviansk of Donetsk Oblast, according to ‘Obozrevatel’ web-site’s source among the Ukrainian law-enforcers.


Upon the search of the automobile driven by the detainees, an assault rifle and two hanguns with ammunition as well as traumatic weapons were found. The law-enforcers also discovered more than 100 thousand voting ballots to be used in the unlawful referendum concerning the independence of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) the separatists plan to hold on May 11.

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Donetsk residents to vote in referendum on joining Dnipropetrovsk

referendum_3a20cThe Committee of the Patriotic Forces of Donbas is urging all who want to return to peace, stability, and order to support the alternate referendum, on May 11,  to join the territorial-administrative units of the Donetsk Oblast to the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Continue reading

Terrifying moment when one Crimean realized resistance was futile

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I live in Crimea and would like to briefly tell you how I became acquainted with the green men and how we were captured by them. I would like to tell you this story because mainland Ukraine keeps asking us why we did not resist.

This happened a few days before the “referendum.” I worked for, you could call it, a strategic enterprise. It was a regular working day, same routine as always. I was sitting in my office after lunch and suddenly I heard some sort of clicks. It wasn’t clear what they were. I came out of the office and saw people lying on the floor in the hallway, and a shadow passing into the reception area. I was frightened and locked the office door. A minute later I heard: “Open up, bitch, or I’ll shoot!”  So I quietly approached the door and opened it. In front of me I saw a Kalashnikov and a green man. Continue reading

Donetsk workers forced to sign “referendum” petitions

Employees at Donetsk utilities companies are being forced to sign petitions demanding a referendum on the “self-determination” of the Donetsk Oblast. The former deputy of the Lenin district of the Donetsk city council, Dmytro Verzilov, described this effort on Donetsk Public Television on April 2, reported Ukrainska Pravda.

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Crimean Tatars create national territorial autonomy

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Quriltai (assembly) of the Crimean Tatar people decided to start creating the Crimea national territorial autonomy. This is stated in the resolution adopted by the extraordinary session of Quriltai, BBC Ukraine reports. Chairman of Majlis (governing body) of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov said that this document does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea and Ukraine’s loss of the peninsula. He also suggested that the Crimean Tatars could hold a national referendum to confirm their desire to have autonomy. Continue reading

Crimean Tatars to consider self-determination

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Today, the Kurultai [gathering] of the Crimean Tatars considers self-determination in the form of national and territorial autonomy in Crimea, noted Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, during a speech to delegates of the National Convention.  He recalled that the vast majority of the Crimean Tatars boycotted the March 16, 2014 “referendum” on Russia’s annexation of Crimea and that the population of the peninsula now finds itself facing a new reality.  Continue reading

Mustafa Dzhemilev: “Only 34,2% Crimeans took part in the pseudo-referendum on March 16”

On March 24, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzemilev on air of Ukrainske Radio said:

“Only 34,2% of Crimeans actually took part in the pseudo-referendum on March 16. The Crimean Medjlis got hold of the data that was directed to the Russian FSB, where the real picture needs to be known, and not the propaganda one that they are disseminating. And on election day at 12 o’clock they were spreading information about an alleged 60% turnout. In addition, there was no binding to geographic location; you could have voted in one municipality and then go vote to another.”

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International Response to Annexation of Crimea

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United Kingdom

Prime Minister David Cameron, 18 March 2014

“The steps taken by President Putin today to attempt to annex Crimea to Russia are in flagrant breach of international law and send a chilling message across the continent of Europe.”

“It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences …”

Foreign Secretary William Hague, 18 March 2014

“No amount of sham and perverse democratic process or skewed historical references can make up for the fact that this is an incursion into a sovereign state and a land-grab of part of its territory, with no respect for the law of that country or for international law.” Continue reading