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DONETSK, May 8. /ITAR-TASS/. Food supplies have been organized to the north of the Donetsk region, where the Ukrainian armed forces' punitive operation is in its active phase, the region's vice-governor Andriy Nikolayenko told a briefing on Thursday.
"Stores in Sloviansk are supplied with food products in full from wholesalers in the city," he said, adding that supplies without delays would be ensured in accordance with an agreement reached with Ukrainian forces that none of the sides would prevent it.
At the same time, the vice-governor said that Kramatorsk, Konstantinovka and Sloviansk were short of medicines as a result of the siege of the towns.
Meanwhile, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine announced on Thursday that they would hold referendums on their independence as planned on May 11.