Skip to comments.Anger, confusion in Donetsk after rebel vote
Posted on 05/12/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT by wetphoenix
Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A day after the people of Donetsk apparently voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine, an eerie calm reigned on the streets as people wondered what country they had woken up in.
Unlike a similar referendum in the peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, there were no wild celebrations, no sense of joy -- just slight confusion about the future and a lingering anger towards the leaders in Kiev.
Taxi driver Dmytro Boyko told AFP as he waited to collect his daughter from school that many in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk were "frightened by what has happened and by the future."
"We do not know what will happen, nor who will lead us but in any case, we couldn't stand by and do nothing," the 36-year-old said.
He was unequivocal in blaming the Western-backed leaders in Kiev for the recent unrest that has brought the former Soviet Republic to the brink of civil war.
"The new government took bad decisions and communicated them badly. It's a shame because after that, things escalated quickly."
"This referendum was the only way to express our disagreement with the powers-that-be in Kiev."
According to "official" results from the referendum in the Donetsk region of some 4.7 million people, nearly 90 percent voted for independence, with a turnout of 75 percent.
Monday therefore marked the first day of the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk" although no one apart from Russia is ever likely to recognise the break-away entity.
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Can we lend-lease the Ukrainians some drones?
not a legitimate vote
So next Sunday they will be voting to join Russia, Enjoy! I guess they won’t be taking part in the Ukrainian general election on May 25.
After next Sunday they will pour over the Russian border to rob any Ukrainians left.
Even the Russians have stopped short of recognizing the fake shame of a referendum.
Something is amiss with Puti’s plan.