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You're reading: Donetsk separatists declare independence, set May 11 as date of referendum
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People in the square cheered and congratulated each other, and sang the Russian national anthem. The Russian state flag was raised over the regional administration on Sunday.

The declaration of independence, which was read by the separatists during a live broadcast by one of their activists, said that “the people of Donetsk People’s Republic have an exclusive right for its land, subsoil, air space, water and other natural resources” and that the republic has a right for an independent financial, economic and other policies.

“The declaration is effective from the moment of its approval and serves as basis for approval of the Constitution of Donetsk People’s Republic,” it said.

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