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Wide triumph of separatist in a referendum deemed illegal by the President of Ukraine

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The triumph of the separatists was considered by Western countries as an attempt to invalidate the elections of May 25 in Ukraine

A 89.07 percent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk was in favor of independence in a referendum held on Sunday, reported the election commission of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk.

Participation in the consultation was 74.87 percent, to 10.1 percent voted against independence, highlighted Sunday night Lyagin Roman, head of that commission.

"These can be considered as the final results," said Lyagin.

Donetsk was one of the two regions that held referendums on independence of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Acting President of Ukraine Oleksander Turchinov, said Monday that the referenda in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, have been a "farce" organized by Russia to destabilize the country, prevent holding of presidential elections and overthrow the government in Kiev, but has warned that consultations will not have legal consequences and its organizers will be prosecuted.

"The farce that terrorist and separatist referendum call is nothing more than propaganda covering up murders, kidnappings, violence and other serious crimes," said Turchinov, according to the news agency Interfax Ukraine.

People were asked: "Is Miss State Law of the People's Republic of Donetsk (Lugansk)?"

Ukrainian officials and some Western countries rated the controversial referendum "illegal."

The Donetsk and Lugansk regions became centers of protests this country in mid-April, when activists occupied government buildings Russian flags, declared separatist republics and announced plans to hold a referendum on secession from Ukraine.

Britain calls for sanctions on Russia:

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague has made clear that the independence referendum in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine concluded Sunday "illegal" and argued that "thing" is that the European Union provides for economic sanctions against Russia "depending on the attitude of Russia towards elections of May 25" in Ukraine.

"It's very important to show that we are ready for the third wave of penalties depending on the attitude of Russia towards elections May 25. This is the most important thing", has defended the head of British diplomacy in statements on arrival to meet with their counterparts where the Twenty eight will discuss the possibility of extending the list of sanctioned Ukrainians and Russian leaders and include for the first time seized Crimean companies.

traslation: Belén Zapata