// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Putin urges pro-Russian activists to postpone referendum in Ukraine

Putin urges pro-Russian activists to postpone referendum in Ukraine

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, May 7 urged pro-federalization activists in southeastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on self-determination to ensure the start of nationwide dialogue, RIA Novosti reported.

“We are calling on representatives of regions in southeastern Ukraine, supporters of federalization in the country, to postpone the referendum set for May 11 in order to create all necessary conditions for this dialogue,” Putin said at a joint news conference with OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter in Moscow.

A protest leader in Donetsk, Alexander Vaskovsky, said there was no need to put off the vote. “I have not yet seen Putin’s address, but there is no need to do this [postpone the vote]. I’m extremely negative about this,” he said.

Early presidential elections were scheduled for May 25 in Ukraine after president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted late February following the so-called Euromaidan mass rallies in Kyiv.

Citizens of the mainly Russian-speaking southeastern regions of Ukraine have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the country’s interim government and have announced referendums on self-determination in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, to be held on May 11. Kyiv’s current authorities have launched an operation to crackdown on the protesters, leading to violent clashes in major towns of southeastern Ukraine and dozens of casualties. Last Friday, 46 protesters were killed and over 200 were injured in the port city of Odessa.

 Top stories
The delivery of the latest weapons has been carried out in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the two countries.
For the 12th year in a row, Allstate Insurance has placed Glendale near the bottom of its list of U.S. cities with the safest drivers.
The construction of the mosque complex began in 2012, which was designed in accordance with classic Ottoman architecture.
One man involved in the attacks, Eyup Yıldırım, was detained in New Jersey and will go before a judge in Newark.
Partner news