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Ukraine: Lugansk polls close after 'referendum under the tanks'00:39

Ukraine: Lugansk polls close after 'referendum under the tanks'

Ukraine, Lugansk
May 11, 2014 at 11:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Lugansk polls close after 'referendum under the tanks'

The press secretary for the anti-Kiev 'Southeast Army' held a press conference in Lugansk on Sunday after polling stations for the "self-rule" referendum closed at 23:00 local time.

Speaking about the referendum, Vasiliy Nikitin praised voters' fearlessness and bravery, saying "you know perfectly well the situation we have to work with ... [We are] holding a referendum literally under tanks."

Polling stations have closed in Ukraine's self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk after a referendum on independence from the Kiev government. The turnout reached over 70 percent, according to organisers of the poll.

Ukraine: Lugansk polls close after 'referendum under the tanks'00:39
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Ukraine: Lugansk polls close after 'referendum under the tanks'

The press secretary for the anti-Kiev 'Southeast Army' held a press conference in Lugansk on Sunday after polling stations for the "self-rule" referendum closed at 23:00 local time.

Speaking about the referendum, Vasiliy Nikitin praised voters' fearlessness and bravery, saying "you know perfectly well the situation we have to work with ... [We are] holding a referendum literally under tanks."

Polling stations have closed in Ukraine's self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk after a referendum on independence from the Kiev government. The turnout reached over 70 percent, according to organisers of the poll.

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