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Ukraine crisis: Crimea vote website launched, with Russian domain name

Published on Mar 12, 2014 12:30 AM

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AFP) - Pro-Moscow officials in Crimea on Tuesday launched a website for a weekend referendum on whether to join Russia, saying they had to use a Russian domain name because a Ukrainian one met with resistance.

The peninsula's self-declared prime minister Sergiy Aksyonov, who is pushing for his region to become part of the Russian Federation, announced the website in a tweet.

A statement on the website said it had initially launched with a Ukrainian domain name at but had immediately been subjected to a denial-of-service cyber attack, which it blamed on the new authorities in Kiev.

"This is a restriction of freedom of speech," said the statement signed by "Ukrainian independent journalists".

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