Posted: May 8, 2014 5:28 AM by Peter Leonard
Source: Associated Press
DONETSK, Ukraine - A pro-Russia insurgency in east Ukraine has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay the vote.
The coordinating committee of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic announced after a meeting Thursday that it would hold the vote on Sunday as planned.
Putin on Wednesday had urged them to delay the referendum, which many fear could be a flashpoint for further violence between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russia militants who have seized government buildings in about a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine.