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Ukraine vote credibility questioned

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:25

May 13 - East Ukraine independence vote draws international criticism over its credibilty. Paul Chapman reports.

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In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk there's a celebratory mood among some a day after a referendum on self-rule. Pro-Moscow separatists are insisting what they call the People's Republic of Donetsk is now an independent state. That view isn't shared in Kiev or further afield. The U.S. says it doesn't recognise the referendum results. (SOUNDBITE)(English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYING: "The so-called referendum to which you refer are illegal under Ukrainian law and a transparent attempt to create further division and disorder." The European Council's president echoed that sentiment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, HERMAN VAN ROMPUY, SAYING: "We will not recognise the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol likewise we do not recognise so-called referendum of yesterday." Britain's Foreign Secretary was scathing about the credibility of the poll. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE SAYING: "I think the votes in the Eurovision song contest really were more credible and carried greater weight." The situation in eastern Ukraine is increasingly tense. These Ukrainian troops and National Guard members are controlling a checkpoint on the outskirts of Slaviansk. It's a rebel stronghold that's seen fierce fighting over the past few weeks. Ukrainian troops are accusing the separatists in Slaviansk of attacking them while using residential areas as shield, preventing return of fire.

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Ukraine vote credibility questioned

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:25