Russian top diplomat suspects Jabhat al-Nusra could be used to topple AssadRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 19:58
Lavrov reiterates there are no facts substantiating Iran’s links to terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 19:40
Russia to upgrade helicopter protection system based on Syrian experienceMilitary & Defense March 29, 19:00
Lavrov says Ukrainian president wants to bury Minsk agreementsRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 18:57
FIDE executive says Ilyumzhinov himself to blame over media buzz on his resignationSport March 29, 18:46
Russian top diplomat says Moscow ready to develop relations with WashingtonRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 18:37
London High Court rules Ukraine must repay $3 bln to RussiaBusiness & Economy March 29, 18:12
Russian energy minister pegs oil price at $70-100 as profitable for Arctic productionBusiness & Economy March 29, 18:02
Russian opera star Hvorostovsky announces two concerts in Toronto and DublinSociety & Culture March 29, 17:44
DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS.
“A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said.
In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity to establish federative and confederative relations with any country regardless of its geographical position, including Russia and Ukraine. “Or to stay an independent republic that is certainly hardly probable, but there will be such opportunity in theory,” Pushilin noted.
As many as 3.5 million voters living the Donetsk Oblast can vote at a referendum over sovereignty, Pushilin said.
“I do not have exact data at the present moment, but around 3.5 million people can vote in Donetsk region. The minimal turnout is expected at 60% of all regional residents entitled to vote,” he noted.
Central and district election committees were already formed in Donetsk region and “printing of ballot papers will begin soon,” Pushilin said.
No Russian troops in Donetsk
No Russian troops are staying in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Pushilin said.
“There are none of them here (Russian troops) and probably there are some reasons for this. Although it would be easier with them, as they would speed up holding of a referendum and would ensure it to be within legal field,” Pushilin believes.
In his words, “all rumors about Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are just information distortions from Kiev."