Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ukraine Updates May 10 , 2014 - One day before the Referenda in Donetsk and Lugansk , South Eastern Ukraine still roiled by the Kiev Counter Terror Campaign -- Friday's violence in Mariupol continues on Saturday , Slavyansk sees Kiev forces fore mortar shells at protesters ........... .... Kiev government busy building dam in an attempt to cut off Crimea's water supply.... US State Department blames protesters for being shot by Kiev fighters , demands protesters accept Junta - disarm and abandon Referenda ......Donetsk protesters respectfully decline that offer even as Kiev demands protesters accept being shot at , killed and wounded by Junta fighters.....

Donetsk Region May Shift To Rubles After 1.7 Million Vote In Referendum

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Despite denouncements from the West (how did that work out in Crimea?) and diplomatic calls for postponement from Putin, tomorrow appears to be setting up for the next crucial catalyst in the ever-escalating civil (and not so civil) war in Ukraine. As RIA reports, Referendumorganizers printed about 1.7 million ballots and on the day of voting in the region there will be more than 1,600 polling stations. The referendum will ask voters to answer the simple question: "Do you support the act of state independence of the People's Republic of Luhansk." and will take place from 8am to 8pm local time. Organizers claim that "the willingness to vote is almost total," which makes the decision of the People's Mayor that "after the referendum... gradually, we will move to the Russian ruble," even more economically significant for the IMF-supported nation.

The referendum poll is happening:
Ballots in the referendum on the status of the Lugansk region delivered almost all polling stations in the region, told RIA Novosti spokesman Army southeast Vasily Nikitin.

In the Donetsk and Lugansk regions May 11 must pass a referendum on the status of the regions. In Lugansk region submitted to the vote the question "Do you support the act of state independence of the People's Republic of Luhansk." Voting will take place from 8.00 to 20.00 (9.00 - 21.00 MSK).

"Newsletters delivered to almost all areas, the willingness to vote almost wholly" - said Nikitin.

Referendum organizers printed about 1.7 million ballots. Nikitin said that on the day of voting in the region will work more than 1.6 thousand polling stations.
Which followed this...
In March in eastern Ukraine - Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk - started rallies federalization, dissatisfied with the actions of the Kiev authorities new. Later protests spread to a number of cities of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. From mid-April in Kiev authorities carried out a special operation against the protesters with military support. In Moscow, Kiev decision to use army against the population identified extremely dangerous developments.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged supporters federalization postpone the referendum to create the conditions for dialogue to de-escalate the situation in the country. However, the militia decided to hold a referendum on May 11, as originally planned.
And, as seems likely, independence is voted for, separatist leaders are already making plans...
"People's Mayor" Vyacheslav Ponomarev Sloviansk not exclude that the Donetsk region eventually move to settlements in Russian rubles. Tomorrow, May 11, in the region must pass a referendum on self-determination.

"After the referendum will go until ukrainian hryvnia, but gradually, I think we will move to the Russian ruble," - the words Ponomareva RIA Novosti .

"People's Mayor" explained that closer economic integration with the Russian Federation. "Economically we strongly tied with Russia. Our industry is almost entirely focused on Russia ", - said Ponomarev.
Of course, the West are denouncing and proclaiming the referendum illegal...
  • Ukraine govt, EU and U.S. officials say referendums are illegal
But  just as in Crimea, things tend to be beyond the control of the West's ire for now...
  • Donetsk Separatists Say Vote to Be Valid at Any Turnout: RIA

Donetsk People’s Republic CEC denies early voting in referendum

 May 11, 0:52 UTC+4
“No preliminary referendums have been held. This would be illogical and senseless", - DNR spokesperson Vitaly Ivanov said
KIEV, May 10 /ITAR-TASS/. Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) have denied early voting in the referendum on the status of the region slated for May 11.
“No preliminary referendums have been held. This would be illogical and senseless. This is obviously spread by provocateurs who do not want the referendum to take place,” DNR spokesperson Vitaly Ivanov told ITAR-TASS by telephone on Saturday, May 10.
“This [early voting] cannot benefit the DNR in any way because the outcome is predictable with any turnout: the majority of people in the Donetsk region, judging from preliminary questioning, intend to support the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said.
“As for who may be behind such stove-piping and provocative reports, we suspect it’s some group from Dnepropetrovsk which wants to upset the referendum and is acting quite professionally with the support of certain journalists from Ukrainian media controlled by Mr. Kolomoisky [pro-Kiev governor of Dnetropetrovsk],” Ivanov said, but added, “We have not caught anyone in the act yet.”
Some Ukrainian media showed television reports from polling stations in the Donetsk region alleging that people were already voting in the referendum.
The referendum in the Donetsk People’s Republic will confirm its right to self-determination but won’t give it sovereignty, DNR Central Electoral Commission Chair Roman Lyagin said.
“We will get no sovereignty after the referendum, we will only get the right to self-determination,” he said. “We may hold one more referendum as the next step to ask people if they want to join Russia or stay within Ukraine, unitary or federative, or they want to become an independent state. Today we are only seeking the right to self-determination and no more than that.”
The first results of the referendum will become known within 2-3 hours after the last polling station closes at 23:00 Moscow time, Lyagin said.
“We have the full understanding of the authorities [Donetsk Regional Administration] and they are not interfering with the referendum. Polling stations will work in schools in all cities of the Donetsk region” he said, adding that the supporters of federalisation had formed 53 territorial electoral commissions and more than 1,500 local commissions for the referendum, which will “be valid with any turnout”.
The referendum will be held in the Donetsk region and the neighbouring Lugansk region. Their residents will be asked to say whether they support their regions’ right to self-determination.
Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier asked the supporters of federalisation to postpone the referendum until a later date. However, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics decided against that. “This is not our decision. This is the decision of the people of Donbass. The people of Donbass have a chance to perform a feat and we have no right to take this chance away from them,” Andrei Putgin, one of the DNR leaders, said.
The referendum will be held amid Kiev’s ongoing punitive operation in the South-East of Ukraine.

Ukraine Claims To Have Detained "Terrorists" With 100,000 Pre-Marked Referendum Ballots

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While the following YouTube clip is - in the eyes of the West - irrefutable proof of potential vote-rigging ahead of tomorrow's referendum, we find it somewhat intriguing that a group ofheavily-armed "rebels", carrying boxes with 100,000 pre-marked 'positive' referendum ballots

...would be detained by Ukraine's anti-terrorist operations without firing one shot...

...still men laying down with bags on their head proves it... right?

Kiev’s troops open mortar fire at federalisation supporters in Slavyansk

 May 10, 22:39 UTC+4
The fire continued for ten minutes
© ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Pochuev
SLAVYANSK, May 10 /ITAR-TASS/. Kiev’s troops opened mortar fire at a roadblock of the supporters of federalisation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Saturday, May 10, ITAR-TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
The mortar fire continued for ten minutes. Machinegun and other automatic gunfire were conducted as well. Militiamen said no one had been injured.
The roadblock is located on a railway crossing blocked by several freight carriages to prevent the troops from entering the city.

Shooting resumes in Ukraine's Mariupol, APC on fire - witnesses

Published time: May 10, 2014 09:49
Still from a video uploaded on YouTube by user@Graham Phillips on May 10, 2014
Still from a video uploaded on YouTube by user@Graham Phillips on May 10, 2014
Gunshots and blasts have been heard in the center of Mariupol, according to local media. Witnesses say that an APC has been set on fire and smoke has been billowing above the city administration building, which was burning on Friday.
News of the resumed shooting in the coastal city in south-eastern Ukraine first appeared on social media, according to Mariupol’s local news website 0629.
One of Ruptly producers says gunshots can be heard near the hospital, where a wounded RT stringer is being treated.

Gun fights near Hospital in Mariupol where our injured field producer is located. According to different producer on sight