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Turchynov said that, according to Interior Ministry officials and experts observing the vote, ”only 24 percent of the population eligible to vote in Luhansk Oblast and just over 32 percent of the voting age population in Donetsk Oblast participated in the vote.”

The Russian government, on the other hand, noted the “high [voter] turnout.”

Though separatists have not yet announced the final tally, Luhansk election commission deputy chairman Oleksandr Malykhin told Interfax Ukraine that “judging by the tentative data, 95.98 percent have supported federalization of the Luhansk region.”

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