Separatists claim victory in Ukraine

Donetsk voters OK self-rule, pro-Russia insurgents assert

Posted: May 12, 2014 at 5:54 a.m.

A Ukranian woman casts her vote in a booth at a polling station in the center of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday May 11, 2014. Residents of two restive regions in eastern Ukraine engulfed by a pro-Russian insurgency are casting ballots in contentious and hastily organized independence referenda. Sunday's ballots seek approval for declaring so-called sovereign people's republics in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where rebels have seized government buildings and clashed with police and Ukrainian troops. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Residents in eastern Ukraine formed long queues at polling stations Sunday to cast their votes in hastily organized independence referendums, defying the central government, which called the ballots illegal and funded by neighboring Russia.

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