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Self-determination referendum over in Ukraine’s Donetsk region

Turnout exceeding 71%
Polling station in Mariupol EPA/ALEXEY FURMAN
Polling station in Mariupol

DONETSK, May 11, /ITAR-TASS/. Voting at the self-determination referendum in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region is finished with all balloting stations closed, Boris Litvinov, a coordinator of the central election commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic and a co-chairman of presidium of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told Itar-Tass late on Sunday, adding that the turnout had exceeded 70 percent.

“According to preliminary data, the turnout was 71.4 percent,” he said.

Problems emerged in Mariupol and Krasnoarmeisl,” Litvinov noted. “Due to security considerations, polling stations in Mariupol were closed at 17:00 local time (18:00 Moscow time), and at 16:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time) - in Krasnoarmeisk.”

“The referendum results will be made public within two days,” he said, adding that preliminary results would be available overnight to Monday.