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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rally draws crowd of thousands in Lugansk01:15

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rally draws crowd of thousands in Lugansk

Ukraine, Lugansk
March 16, 2014 at 15:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rally draws crowd of thousands in Lugansk

Thousands of pro-Russian demonstrators gathered at the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on Sunday. Demonstrators collected signatures in favour of a referendum that would allow citizens to choose between further regional autonomy and joining the Russian Federation.

The demonstration comes on the day when Crimean authorities conducted a referendum on acceding to the Russian Federation. Crimea first became part of the Russian Empire in 1783. It became part of Ukraine SSR in 1954, when the Ukrainian-born Nikita Khrushchev was First Secretary of the Soviet Union.

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rally draws crowd of thousands in Lugansk01:15
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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rally draws crowd of thousands in Lugansk

Thousands of pro-Russian demonstrators gathered at the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on Sunday. Demonstrators collected signatures in favour of a referendum that would allow citizens to choose between further regional autonomy and joining the Russian Federation.

The demonstration comes on the day when Crimean authorities conducted a referendum on acceding to the Russian Federation. Crimea first became part of the Russian Empire in 1783. It became part of Ukraine SSR in 1954, when the Ukrainian-born Nikita Khrushchev was First Secretary of the Soviet Union.