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East Ukraine gears up for rebel referendum despite Kiev rejection

Published on May 9, 2014 4:03 PM
 
Members of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic commission prepare a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine on May 8, 2014. Sitting around a horseshoe table, half a dozen bouffant-haired ladies work away with scissors and glue on piles of freshly printed fliers promoting Sunday's planned separatist referendum in east Ukraine's Donetsk region. -- PHOTO: EPA

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Sitting around a horseshoe table, half a dozen bouffant-haired ladies work away with scissors and glue on piles of freshly printed fliers promoting Sunday's planned separatist referendum in east Ukraine's Donetsk region.

"We are volunteers and patriots - we are tired of living under the threat of these fascists," said pensioner Galina Gryukanova, waving a pair of scissors.

"We'll work day and night to make sure that the referendum happens and the people's voice can be heard."

Despite rejection from Kiev and even an appeal from Russian president Vladimir Putin for the vote to be postponed, preparations have ploughed on for the vote after the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said the plebiscite would happen.

 
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