MOSCOW May 12 Final results in a referendum
organised by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's Luhansk region
showed 96.2 percent support for the region's self-rule, the
Russian state RIA news agency reported on Monday.
The agency, citing one of the organisers of the referendum,
said that Luhansk will appeal to the United Nations to recognise
the region's independence.
The vote, which took place on Sunday in two east Ukraine
provinces, has been condemned by the West, but Moscow said that
on Monday that it respects its outcome.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)