Eastern Ukraine's sovereignty votes: rising tension, uncertain consequences

  • by: JIM HEINTZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 10, 2014 - 10:50 AM

MOSCOW — People in two regions of restive eastern Ukraine — Donetsk and Luhansk — will vote Sunday on declaring sovereignty. The plebiscites, hastily arranged by pro-Russia insurgents who have seized government buildings over the past month, are denounced both by the central government in Kiev and the West, and it is unclear whether they will be recognized by Moscow in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for the vote to be postponed. Issues of legitimacy aside, the vote is sure to add to tensions in an area already gripped by rebellion and sporadic clashes between militants and Ukrainian forces.

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