#AceWorldNews – DONETSK – March 25 – Ukrainians in the eastern city of Donetsk have voted in an on-line spoof referendum to secede from Ukraine and join the UK.
Residents wrote that their home-town was founded by a Briton, so the UK should seize this “decisive moment” and take them in.
“Donetsk is a British city! God Save the Queen,” they wrote on social networks in an appeal to “reunite” their home-town with Britain, local media reported.
The mock appeal follows the March 16 Crimean referendum that resulted in Crimea seceding Ukraine and joining Russia.
The link with Britain comes from the first ironworks in Donetsk, which were founded by a Welshman, John Hughes, at the end in the 19th century. The town was subsequently named Yuzovka, or Hughesovka.
“Glory to John Hughes and his town!”
“We are demanding a referendum on returning Yuzovka to its original bosom — Great Britain!” the appeal said.
It asked “fellow Britons” to seize this “decisive moment” while urging residents to vote on “where your children will live and what language they will speak.”
UK Local and Ukraine Media