WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Separatist regimes in Donetsk, Lugansk proclaim victory in illegal May 11 referenda, declare independence, intent to join Russia, abstain from Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election; 2 regions together contain 14% of Ukraine’s 45 million people, 1/3 of country’s industrial output; Pushilin, co-leader of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR): “Based on the will of the people and on the restoration of historic justice, we ask the Russian Federation to consider the absorption of the [DPR] . . . into the Russian Federation”; Ponomaryov, self-styled mayor of rebel stronghold Slaviansk, demands Ukrainian troops withdraw: “We’re going to defend our territory. . . . We need Russian troops to provide stability and a peaceful life in the region’s future”; Russian Foreign Ministry cautions: “We believe that the results of the referendum should be brought to life within the framework of dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk”; Van Rompuy, president of European Council, in Kiev: “We will not recognize the so-called referendums . . . They are illegal, illegitimate and incredible”; rebels ambush, kill 6 Ukrainian soldiers after “long shootout” in village of Oktyabrski, 20 km from Kramatorsk

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