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Ukraine’s Strategy to Disrupt Vote: Open Fire on Crowds

•, by Jason Ditz

Efforts by Ukraines interim government to disrupt Sundays referendum in the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk appeared to take center stage in the ongoing military operation against the region, though ultimately do not appear to have significantly hindered voting.

The strategy was most apparent in Krasnoariysk, where National Guard forces rolled into town, seized four public schools used as polling places, and opened fire on a crowd of voters at town hall, killing at least one.

In Mariupol, troops also managed to capture a van full of completed ballots, seizing some 10,000 ballots. With millions of eligible voters and a high turnout, this didnt put the result in doubt.

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