Donetsk Republic's election committee denies ahead-of-schedule start of referendum
10 May 2014, 22:10 -- Information on ahead-of-schedule start of referendum on the region's status of the Donetsk People's Republic is not consistent with reality, the Donetsk Republic's spokesman Vitaly Ivanov told TASS by phone today.
'Representatives of Donetsk People's Republic haven't carried out preliminary referendum anywhere; it is completely illogical and makes no sense. Provocateurs who are interested in the referendum's obstruction are obviously doing such things,' he said.
'It is absolutely not in the interests of the Donetsk People's Republic as with any turnout the result is predictable: most residents of Donetsk region, according to preliminary surveys, intend to support the independence of Donetsk People's Republic.'
Ivanov also said that those who spread false information are allegedly a group from Dnepropetrovsk acting professionally and supported by a number of Ukrainian journalists directed by Mr. Kolomoysky. Still, he said that no one has been seized by the arm yet.
Today a number of Ukrainian TV channels showed polling stations in the Donetsk Region where the referendum allegedly started ahead of time.
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