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Taganrog's partner and sister cities Mariupol, Khartsyzsk and Antratsyt voting for independence

May 16, 2014: Taganrog's partner and sister cities Mariupol, Khartsyzsk and Antratsyt voting for independence.

May 11, 2014: citizens in Donetsk and Lugansk regions voted in referendums on independence from Ukraine. The question on the ballot paper, printed in Russian and Ukrainian, asked: "Do you support the act of state independence of the Donetsk People's Republic?" and "Do you support the act of state independence of the Lugansk People's Republic?" respectively.

Aftermath of May 5 clashes

The punitive raids organized by stooge government in Kiev against population of Eastern Ukraine only produced an unprecedented voter turnout with just under 75 per cent in Donetsk Oblast and around 81 per cent in Lugansk Oblast. According to final results, 89 per cent of voters had cast ballots in favor of independence of Donetsk People's Republic, with 10 per cent against; 95.98 per cent of voters had cast ballots in favor of Lugansk People's Republic, with 4 per cent against.

In Mariupol, two days after violent clashes only 4 polling stations were open and their capacity wasn't enough for the big industrial city. After reports of skirmishings in the outskirts of the city, all polling stations were evacuated by 5PM. The final voter turnout was slightly higher than 44 per cent: 99.5% of Mariupol citizens voted in favor of independence.

Polling Station in Mariupol

In Khartsyzsk 98.12% had cast ballots in favor of independence, with 1.3% against.

In Antratsyt 87.2% had cast ballots in favor of independence.

Denis Pushilin, Leader of Donetsk People's Republic called on Russian authorities to consider republic's accession into Russian Federation basing on the results of the held referendum. The newly founded republic's central elections commission confirmed that presidential elections planned by regime in Kiev will not be held on May 25.

The two industrial regions are home to almost seven million majorly Russian-speaking people: 74.9% of people in Donetsk People's Republic and 68.8% in Lugansk People's Republic.