All the ballots had a checkmark next to ‘Yes’ for the support federalization of the so-called ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk.’ The offenders were arrested at a checkpoint near Mariupol. As reported in the press service, the detention was part of the anti-terrorist operation conducted by the SBU and armed forces. Investigations are underway.
As reported earlier, on May 10 an armed group of terrorists carrying boxes with over 100 000 pre-filled ballots to be used in the unlawful referendum concerning the independence of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Sloviansk.
On May 11, separatists are carrying out a so-called ‘referendum’ in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts on the status of the region. These polls are not recognized by the central government. In addition, the OSCE, United States, Germany and France have announced that they will not recognize the results of this ‘referendum’.
Translated by Alya Shandra