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Luhansk Republic declares independence from Ukraine
Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass

Posted on 05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by goldstategop

LUGANSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Luhansk People’s Republic, whose residents supported the act on state sovereignty at the May 11 referendum, has declared its independence from Ukraine.

96.2% vote for independence of Luhansk region in May 11 referendum ‘Popular governor’ Valery Bolotov stated this at a rally on Monday.

“We have chosen our path of independence from arbitrariness and bloody dictate of the Kiev clique, fascism and nationalism, the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said. “From the moment of declaring its independence, a new life free from dictate of Kiev authorities will start for the Luhansk People’s Republic,” he added.

Earlier, Ukraine’s Luhansk City Council has demanded that the authorities in Kiev should ensure the process of federalization in the country.

“We demand that the current authorities follow the voice of the people and immediately make constitutional changes which should enable the federalization process,” the council’s presidium members said in a statement on Monday. “Otherwise, responsibility for breaking up the country will fall on the central authorities.”

Council deputies urged the Kiev authorities to grant Russian the official status of a second state language and to stop “the fratricidal war” in Ukraine’s eastern regions.

A total of 96.2% voted for self-rule in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, where the results of the Sunday referendum were announced on Monday.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; itartass; luganskrepublic; putin; referendum; scam; ukrainecrisis
Lugansk has declared its state independence following Sunday's referendum. It joins the Donetsk Republic in seceding from Ukraine.
1 posted on 05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Hmmm, did I do that?

2 posted on 05/12/2014 11:51:02 AM PDT by McGruff (Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: goldstategop

If Ukraine does nothing but plead for international support we should sit back and do absolutely nothing. A nation that will not fight to preserve its sovereignty does not deserve the title of or respect due a nation state. Georgia fought to preserve its sovereignty.


3 posted on 05/12/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: xkaydet65

The Maidan regime cannot even capture a small town. Its hard to see how it will stop two new countries from gaining substance if they invite Moscow to provide them with diplomatic recognition, economic aid and military assistance.


4 posted on 05/12/2014 11:57:28 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Looking like there was more than one carload of pre-marked ballots. There other 9 made it in from Pooty.


5 posted on 05/12/2014 11:58:45 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: xkaydet65

“If Ukraine does nothing but plead for international support”

“Ukraine” has a standing Army of 88,000 men, the tanks and equipment for them, and hundreds of APC’s.

The rebels have Circa 1970-1989 weapons that they got from an Old Soviet weapons storage facility, and what they have either taken or bought from the Kiev troops.

That they can barely field 900-1000 troops, (and a handful of aircraft), with most of those being the undisciplined, barely trained Right Sector National Guard, should say much about the current state of affairs in Ukraine.


6 posted on 05/12/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: xkaydet65

Don’t forget, if Ukraine does fight, they will be called Nazi murderers. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.


7 posted on 05/12/2014 12:03:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: xkaydet65

Agreed, but the referendums are crap. Anyone who disagrees with the pro-Russians are accused of being Right Sector Provocateurs and beaten or killed. The fact this guy would say “freedom and rule of law” is a joke. Journalists (real journalists) are threatened with being shot. They use transparent ballot boxes. The new Ukraine government is a mess, but what Putin is doing in the East does not fit his “Defender of Christianity” Moniker.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 12:05:07 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

You are right.


9 posted on 05/12/2014 12:21:21 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: demshateGod

What Putin is doing in the East is not pretty, but it is what we would do if the shoe was on our foot instead of his. Russia must and will have its land bridge to Crimea and the Black Sea, and it must and will preserve its arms industries centered around Donetsk. Putin is playing this low key with a handful of fighters here and there, because he is a chess player and Ukraine is falling apart anyway; we would have just invaded outright. It is tough to be a pawn along the frontier, and has been throughout history.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 12:28:49 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: goldstategop

Give it no more than 48 hours and the two new ‘republics’ will be annexed to Russia.


11 posted on 05/12/2014 1:36:25 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: goldstategop

The ethnic make up of Lukanak Oblast is 58% Ukrainian and 39% Russian. When the Russians come in and take over does anyone think it will remain peaceful very long?

96% voted for autonomy, roger that. I guess the election next week will be 100% want to join Russia. These folks are being given no time.


12 posted on 05/12/2014 2:12:36 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Always A Marine
Russia must and will have its land bridge to Crimea and the Black Sea

What Russia wants is Ukraine to be a land locked country, they want Odessa, which is a better port than Sevastopol, too. And the morons will laugh and say Putin is saving it from the NAZIs in Kiev.

13 posted on 05/12/2014 2:21:01 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Mike Darancette
What Russia wants is Ukraine to be a land locked country, they want Odessa, which is a better port than Sevastopol, too.

Odessa is a fine commercial port, but the Russian Navy facilities at Sevastopol are more important to Moscow, as are its major air bases in Crimea.

14 posted on 05/12/2014 2:32:16 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

Putin will have a bit of trouble rigging an election in the Oblast that controls the land approaches to Crimea with only 14% Russian population.

The Chinese would be very happy to pay Putin for control of such a fine commercial port as Odessa. Odessa could also be used to supply North American LNG to Ukraine and Europe.


15 posted on 05/12/2014 2:46:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: goldstategop

Ethnic separatists should be wiped out like cockroaches.


16 posted on 05/12/2014 2:53:42 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Mike Darancette

The oblasts along the Sea of Azov aren’t heavility Russian, but they’re no hotbeds for Ukrainian nationalism, either. I will be very surprised if Kiev retains anything east of the Dnieper River by the time this whole thing plays out. Putin will find a way to take what he wants, and it doesn’t look like Ukraine has the ability to stop it from happening.


17 posted on 05/12/2014 2:54:42 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: goldstategop

It seems to me that the Ukrainian government should immediately commence the deportation of Russians living on its soil. And that they be joined in this by all other nations in the region with any substantial populations of Russians.

It is just too dangerous to allow Russians to live on their territory any more. Granted, they should not widely publicize it, and even deny it if asked. But it must be firm and methodical.

Lose your Russians or lose your territory.


18 posted on 05/12/2014 3:03:50 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Always A Marine

There was supposedly a deal working to build a LNG regasification facility and it seems the deal was queered (probably by Russia) If they were to build it they would have ready buyers for every cubic meter. Could be a good project for Exxon or somebody.


19 posted on 05/12/2014 3:36:25 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: McGruff

“We have chosen our path of independence from the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said.

There, fixed it.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Always A Marine

I will be very surprised if Kiev retains anything east of the Dnieper River by the time this whole thing plays out.

That would be my guess also.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 3:41:54 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: McGruff

“On other news US Russia hockey match ended up 1-6, so the correct way to cover it:

Heavily armed pro-Putin Russians beat up unarmed American figure skaters.

“That was a very totalitarian score,” said one of the witnesses. “I bet it is something Stalin would want to see,” added the other.

There was no doubt Russians hated democracy and despised freedom.

Everyone looked with contempt at the judges. Single dollar bills were falling on the floor from their overflowing pockets as they passed by.

“And why did it have to be Minsk?” innocent voice cried out from the crowd. “Mr. Worf was from Minks,” answered another, and that said it all. The mood of the crowd grew even darker.

“We have pictures from the satellites and it has been confirmed that Russians were using sticks during the match,” said John Brennan. “We immediately convene with our NATO partners to discuss that was a legal move on the part of Russians.

Victoria Nuland accused American figure skaters of not being determined enough to fight for American Values. None has seen her since the end of the second time when she went on ice with a basket of crackers and Molotov cocktails. The next day she had a Senate hearing on pro democracy gift baskets program. She was sure the Republicans will ask about how much democracy has she bought with $5 billion dollars so she was preparing to shift the blame.”


22 posted on 05/13/2014 12:25:02 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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