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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

May 11, 2014

May 11 At 8 am the voting at a ''referendum'' on the status of the region began in Donbas region. The referendum was organized by armed separatists. The ballot featured one question: Do you support the act of state independence of the People's Republic of Donetsk'' (the republic has been proclaimed by the separatists). "Referendum" is being held at gunpoint. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has stated that the referendum and provocations were instigated by terrorist groups that are well-trained and equipped to current Russian standards. US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said the United States would not recognize the results of the vote on the independence of People's Republic of Donetsk'' held in Donbas on Sunday. The leader of separatists Roman Lyagin (responsible for counting the votes) has said that so called referendum will only provide answers to the issue of future self-determination of the region. According to Lyagin, issues concerning the future the oblast whether to remain a part of Ukraine or join Russia will be resolved later.


May 11 Drunken separatists shot four young men near the checkpoint in the city of Bryanka (Luhansk oblast). Young men greeted each other by saying "Glory to Ukraine!"


May 11 Russian army pilots received an order from higher ranked officers to intentionally violate the airspace of Ukraine as recorded in the radiograms intercepted by the US National Security Agency and German Federal Intelligence Service.


May 11 The next active phase of the antiterrorist operation (ATO) has begun in Donbas region. Officers of the security agencies are active not only in Sloviansk but also in other towns of the region, which are hosting pro-Russian terrorists. Roadblocks (checkpoints) were destroyed in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Krasnyi Lyman (Donetsk oblast) on Sunday.


May 11 The chief of Kramatorsk airport and three of his employees (all female) were abducted on Sunday night by the terrorists. One of the women managed to ran away. For her the ordeal resulted in broken ribs, pulled hair, and traces of torture.


Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!


By annexing Crimea, Russia has carried out an act of aggression against Ukraine. Currently Russia is transferring terrorist and sabotage groups to Eastern Ukraine. Russia aims to prevent legitimate presidential elections from happening. Everyday life in Eastern Ukraine has turned into a continuous nightmare in the middle of Europe. Our country is being destroyed right before our eyes. We therefore take the courage to inform you about current events in Ukraine. This is just another point of view. We will do our best to remain objective.


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