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  • US Says It Does Not Recognize E. Ukraine Polls VOA 12 May 2014 -- The United States says it does not recognize the results of "so-called" referendums held on Sunday in eastern Ukraine, viewing them as 'a transparent attempt to create disorder.'
  • Despite recent escalation, full-blown conflict in Ukraine can be averted – Ban UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- There is still time to avert a full-blown conflict in Ukraine, where the crisis continues to escalate, particularly in the east and south of the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
  • Donetsk Region Rejects Ukraine's Upcoming Presidential Vote RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic will not participate in Ukraine's upcoming presidential election on May 25, DPR Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said Monday.
  • Ukraine's Donetsk Region May Decide on Independence RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic may decide in the next few hours whether to remain part of Ukraine or secede from the country, DPR Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said Monday.
  • Nearly 90% of Voters Support Independent Donetsk People's Republic RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Up to 89.7 percent of voters in a referendum on Sunday in Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Region backed independence for the region, the head of the election committee said Monday.
  • Ammunition for Special Forces Airlifted for Slaviansk Operation RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Ammunition for servicemen is being transferred by plane to the area of an ongoing special operation in eastern Ukraine's Slaviansk, the country's acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Monday.
  • Ousted Ukraine Leader Says Fascism Reigns in Country RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has demanded the interim authorities immediately withdraw their troops as well as mercenaries from the southeastern Ukraine and condemned the rise of a fascist regime in the country.
  • Luhansk Keeps Open Possibility of Referendum on Joining Russia RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The leadership of the Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine does not rule out the possibility of a referendum on joining Russia, said Vasiliy Nikitin, a representative of the region's self-defense forces.
  • Majority of Voters Back Luhansk Independence in Referendum RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Over 96 percent of voters in Ukraine's easternmost Luhansk region supported the independence of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic during a referendum on Sunday, Electoral Committee Head Aleksandr Malykhin said Monday.
  • Ukraine's Luhansk Region Seeks Recognition of Independence RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic will file an independence bid with the United Nations, Southeastern Army Press Secretary Vasiliy Nikitin said Monday.
  • Moscow Respects Choice of Ukrainian People in Referendums RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The Kremlin said Monday it respects the choice that the people in Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces made during referendums on self-rule on Sunday and hopes the government in Kiev will follow suit.
  • Almost 98% Vote for Self-Rule In Ukraine's Luhansk - Election Committee RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Between 94 and 98 percent of eligible voters in Ukraine's easternmost region of Luhansk have voted for greater autonomy from the regime in Kiev, the head of the region's Central Election Committee said Monday.
  • Donetsk Separatists Call For Moscow Absorption Following Vote RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on May 12 declared independence and asked Russia to consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian region.
  • Explainer: How Ukraine's Referendums Broke The Rules RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The voting did not pass without violence. At least one person was reported killed in the western Donetsk city of Krasnoarmiisk.
  • Russia Calls For Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists On Self-Rule RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The Russian government says Ukrainian officials in Kyiv should hold talks with pro-Russian separatists on the results of widely disputed self-rule referendums in eastern Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's Lugansk declares itself sovereign state VoR 12 May 2014 -- Ukraine's self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic on Monday declared itself a sovereign state following a referendum on the status of the region, People's Governor of the Lugansk region Valery Bolotov said. 'We have chosen our own path of independence from tyranny and bloody dictatorship by Kiev junta, from fascism and nationalism. We have chosen the path of freedom and the rule of law,' Bolotov said in an address to residents of the Lugansk region.
  • Putin, OSCE chairman-in-office note importance of establishing dialogue between Kiev, southeastern Ukraine VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swiss President, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter have discussed the Ukrainian issue on the telephone. 'Following the meeting held in Moscow on May 7, the discussion of the situation in Ukraine was continued taking into account the referendum results in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,' the Kremlin press office said.
  • Lugansk People's Republic not to have Ukrainian presidential election on May 25 VoR 12 May 2014 -- There will be no Ukrainian presidential election in the Lugansk People's Republic on May 25 due to the new status of the region, Army of the Southeast spokesman Vasily Nikitin told a press conference in Lugansk on Monday.
  • Donetsk residents came to referendum because people had reached their wits' end - Yanukovych VoR 12 May 2014 -- Viktor Yanukovych said he understands the decision made by the people of Donetsk region to come to the referendum and vote for their independence.
  • Moscow respects expression of Donetsk, Lugansk residents' will - Kremlin VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russia was closely following the preparations for and the course of the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, and respects the choice made by the population, the Kremlin said. 'We have taken note of high voter turnout despite attempts to derail the voting and we condemn the force used, including military hardware, against civilians, which lead to fatalities,' the Kremlin said.
  • Ukraine east referendums have zero credibility: UK Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the independence referendums held in eastern Ukraine, claiming that they lack credibility.
  • No need for new international talks on Ukraine: Russia Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has ruled out the need for new international talks on Ukraine, saying tensions in the Eastern European country will only de-escalate if rival sides hold direct talks.
  • US has no real military option in Ukraine: Gates Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that President Barack Obama's options in Ukraine are limited and that his country has no "military option" there.
  • Ukraine slams independence votes as 'farce' Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Ukraine's interim President has slammed the independence referendums held in two eastern regions of the country as a "farce without any legal basis."
  • East Ukraine referendum: 90% of voters support statehood of Donetsk People's Republic VoR 12 May 2014 -- Almost 90 percent of voters in Ukraine's Donetsk Region said 'yes' answering the referendum question whether they support the Act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic, Roman Lyagin, head of the republic's central electoral commission, said. The final results of the vote will be announced on May 12.
  • EU expands sanctions against Russia: Diplomats Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- The European Union (EU) has ramped up sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the bloc's diplomats say.
  • EU sanctions 13 Russians, two companies VoR 12 May 2014 -- Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.
  • African Union Urges Global Intelligence-Sharing Against Terrorism VOA 12 May 2014 -- The deputy chairman of the African Union (AU) has called for robust international cooperation and intelligence-sharing to help defeat increasing terrorism on the continent, following the abduction of Nigerian school girls by militant group Boko Haram, last month.
  • Second Case of MERS Identified in US VOA 12 May 2014 -- A second patient in the United States has been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a virus first identified in Saudi Arabia that's new to humans.
  • DOD Lab Identified First Cases of Middle East Coronavirus AFPS 12 May 2014 -- A Defense Department-funded lab in Egypt detected the earliest-known cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, a new coronavirus strain that is infecting people on the Arabian Peninsula, an expert from DOD's global disease surveillance system said.
  • ISIL to take war to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Al-Qaeda-affiliated group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has threatened to take its war with the terrorist al-Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
  • Thai Caretaker PM: Elections First, Then Reforms VOA 12 May 2014 -- Demonstrators trying to bring down Thailand's beleaguered government left behind their encampment in a Bangkok park and set up a new base near the traditional seat of government on Monday. But the caretaker prime minister, speaking to reporters for the first time in his new role, insists elections remain the best way forward.
  • US court lifts ban on Russian rocket engines Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- A ban on US aviation companies prohibiting them from buying Russian rocket engines has been lifted after a federal judge ruled the purchases do not violate US sanctions against Russia.



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