Denis Pushilin (C), the self-styled governor of the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk" speaks as Roman Lyagin (R), Chairman of the Central Election Commission and Boris Litvinov, coordinator of the Central Election Commission (L) listen during a press conference in Donetsk on May 12
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Ukraine rebels seek to join Russia

A Ukrainian separatist leader is calling on Russia to "absorb" the eastern region of Donetsk after Sunday's referendum on self-rule.

Self-declared Donetsk People's Republic leader Denis Pushilin urged Moscow to listen to the "will of the people".

Ukraine and the European Union have both declared the referendum illegal and the EU is to impose further sanctions against Russia.

Daniel Sandford reports from Donetsk.

  • 13 May 2014
  • From the section Europe
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