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Aleksandr Malykhin, chairman of Luhansk's separatist election commission, announces results of the referendum in the Luhansk region on May 12.

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-- Self-appointed leaders of the Ukrainian separatist region of Donetsk appealed to Russia to consider absorbing it to "restore historic justice" and to send in troops.

-- Pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk said they would not allow voting for the May 25 presidential election to be conducted.

-- Diplomats say the European Union agreed to impose sanctions against 13 additional individuals and two companies, believed to be the first time the EU has targeted companies over the Ukraine crisis.

-- Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov called the votes a "sham" and the United States said they were illegal and merely "an attempt to create further division and disorder in the country."

-- RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service said one of its affiliate radio stations in Donetsk was taken off the air by gunmen and replaced by a pro-Russian broadcaster.

-- The Kremlin said Ukrainian officials in Kyiv should hold talks with pro-Russian separatists on the results of the self-rule referendums, adding that it respected the "expression of the people's will."

-- Insurgents in eastern Ukraine said nearly 90 percent of voters backed self-rule in the votes.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv
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Crimea's Tatars complain of Russian pressure:
09:01 23.4.2014
More on the killing of the politician behind the calls for renewing the "antiterrorist" operation in eastern Ukraine:
09:05 23.4.2014
From our news desk:
The head of the Crimean Tatar's main self-government body, the Mejlis, has said he will apply for Russian citizenship.

Refat Chubarov said on April 22 that he will take a Russian passport in order to remain in Crimea "together with my people."

Russia last month annexed the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, a move that has been rejected by the international community.

Chubarov's announcement came the same day that Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev told journalists he had been barred from entering Crimea for five years by the de facto authorities there.

Dzhemilev has accused Crimea's pro-Russian government of initiating a campaign of repression against Crimea Tatars, saying that many have lost their jobs after refusing to apply for Russian passports.
09:50 23.4.2014
Another report of Roma being persecuted in eastern Ukraine:
10:03 23.4.2014
According to our Ukrainian Service, Crimean Tatar Mejlis head Refat Chubarov now says he was misunderstood, and that he has not asked for Russian citizenship (in Ukrainian).
10:40 23.4.2014
The end of the Euromaidan?
10:41 23.4.2014
Will Ukraine's military act? Can it act?
10:42 23.4.2014

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