Donetsk separatists say 89 percent chose self-rule for E.Ukraine region

by Reuters
Sunday, 11 May 2014 21:25 GMT

DONETSK, Ukraine, May 11 (Reuters) - Nearly 90 percent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said on Sunday.

"Eighty nine percent, that's it," Roman Lyagin told Reuters by telephone when asked for the result.

Donetsk is the larger of two eastern Ukrainian regions where separatists held a referendum on self-rule on Sunday, declared illegal by the pro-Western government in Kiev and the European Union.

(Reporting by Matt Robinson, writing by Philippa Fletcher; editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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