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Donetsk separatists declare independence, set May 11 as date of referendum

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April 7, 2014, 2:43 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

Pro-Russian activists who seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk vote on April 7, 2014, in Donetsk. They proclaimed on April 7 the creation of a sovereign "people's republic" independent of Kiev's rule. Ukraine's embattled Prime Minister on April 7 accused Russia of trying to "dismember" his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
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Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. She can be reached at katya.gorchinskaya@gmail.com.

A handful of pro-Russian separatists in the barricaded Donetsk Oblast government administration declared the creation of the Donetsk People's Republic on April 7, as a few hundred activists continued to rally outside the building, which is surrounded by piles of car tires and wrapped in barbed wire.

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