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Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest

May 12, 2014

May 12 – Attendance at pseudo-referendums held in eastern oblasts of Ukraine ranged from 24 to 32%, said acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. Only 4% of Mariupol residents were able to participate in the so called "referendum". Only 4 polling stations were operating in a city with almost half a million residents. Usually elections in Mariupol are held at 216 polling stations. Central Election Commission of Ukraine has stated that the so called referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts held on May 11th have absolutely no legal consequences.

May 12 – Organizers of the pseudo-referendum on the status of Luhansk oblast held on May 11th, claim that 96% of residents voted for the independence of self-proclaimed "Luhansk Republic", whereas the turnout at the polling stations amounted to 75%. Organizers of the pseudo-referendum on the status of Donetsk oblast argue that turnout in their oblast was 74.87% and 89.07% of residents voted for the recognition of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk Republic". The EU and the US emphasized that they do not recognize the results of the "referendum" and believe that it was illegal.

May 12 – There has been an overturn of leadership within the group of Donetsk separatists. Former leaders of Donetsk separatists have been removed by Serhiy Zdrylyuk, who calls himself a closest ally/assistant toStrielok” (commander of the insurgents). According to Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), “Strielokis the colonel of Russia’s Main Intelligence Departmentand his name is Igor Girkin. Girkin, a Russian citizen and saboteur has proclaimed himself to be Commander-in-Chief ofDonetsk People’s Republic" and has appealed to Russia for military assistance. Based on theresultsof the so called referendum, the separatists in Donetsk have proclaimed a "sovereign state" and asked to join Russia, informed their leader Denis Pushilin. Kremlin press service has issued a statement saying that "Moscow respects the expression of popular will in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts".

May 12 – Voluntary police groups consisting of the employees of the Metinvest manufacturing (owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov) have been patrolling the streets of the city since Sunday, when the clashes with terrorists occurred. The groups are wearingMetinvestclothing and are working in cooperation with local militia officers. People are sick and tired of looting and devastation, created intentionally by the terrorists. Akhmetov’s companies have not recognized thereferendumheld by separatists and have not allowed the polling stations to be located at their premises.

May 12 – 49 lives have been lost since March 13th in Donetsk oblast. According to live data provided by theInformation resistancegroup, a fight has happened among the groups of terrorists near the village of Karpovka close to Slovianskit is yet unclear whether this is political confrontation or plain banditry.

May 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin calls on the Western countries to divide Ukraine together as written in an article byMasha Gessen in the The Washington Post.

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.

P.S.: Please spread this appeal as much as possible.