#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 09 – Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine plan to hold a vote on independence this weekend despite President Vladimir Putin’s call to delay it.
The co-ordinating committee of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ announced it would have a referendum as planned on Sunday, following a meeting.
But some people fear the vote in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk could spark further violence between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russia militants.
The separatists have already seized government buildings in about a dozen cities in the east of the country.
Russian leader Mr Putin wants the vote postponed so talks can take place with the Kiev government.
However, many in the east said the referendum was the only way to prevent war against what the rebels and Moscow call the “fascist” politicians in the capital.
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