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Turchynov calls referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts 'a farce'

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May 12, 2014, 1:25 p.m. | Ukraine — by Isaac Webb

Members of an election commission empty ballot box at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on May 11, 2014. Voting occured Sunday in referenda called by pro-Russia rebels to split from the rest of Ukraine, polls the US slammed as "illegal" as the West fears they could spark civil war in the former Soviet republic. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV
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Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov called the separatist referendums in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts -- collectively 15 percet of the nation -- a “farce” that “will not have any legal consequences except for the prosecution of its organizers."

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