Preparations to Referendum in Donetsk
In Donetsk, the atmosphere is clearly tenser than in was in mid-April. At a separatist rally by the Lenin monument today, plans for the Donetsk Republic were announced for the coming weeks. A federalisation referendum is planned for 11th May. There are 3,250,000 ballot papers already in print. “Experts from the Crimea” have been invited to assist with the referendum. Polling stations are being set up, some by taking over those used for the presidential elections. As in the Crimea, anyone can vote and it will be sufficient for them to produce their passports along with residence registration. No one conceals any more that the path to federalisation leads to “Novorossiya” explained by “historical bonds” with the Russian state.
Another act by the separatists was to take over the television building, over which the flag of the Donetsk Republic was flown. No one resisted during the siege and the militsiya did not react.