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Don’t place any stock in Ukraine self-rule votes

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The “referenda” in eastern Ukraine (The Gazette, May 12) orchestrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s armed thugs cannot fool the world, despite their claim to a “90 percent favorable separatist vote” with an alleged 75 percent turnout. After Russia’s recent imperial annexation of Crimea, also based on a sham referendum, the “vote” in the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk was also, in fact, orchestrated by Putin — who cynically asked to “put off ...


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