Ukrainian separatists announced their intention to hold the autonomy referendum scheduled for next Sunday, discarding this way the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to postpone it in order to open a dialogue.
The measure was adopted unanimously by the 78 members of the joint assembly, representatives of the municipalities and districts in the region, who voted in favor; Lugansk province which borders Russia, did the same.
`There were no votes against going ahead with the referendum,´ said Denis Pushilin, one of the leaders of the Republic of Donetsk, during a press conference.
For his part, Andréi Purgin, leader of the radical group of Republic Donetsk, said: `It is up to us (the leaders of the revolt) whom it corresponds to be the citizens´s speaker; they are who have taken the decision, not the politicians.´
At the moment, there are a total of 1,200 polling stations prepared according to updated data from the rebel directory, three million ballots printed and strengthened security measures.