On the Illegal Referenda in Eastern Ukraine

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 10, 2014
Man Walks By a Poster for the May 11 Referenda in Eastern Ukraine

On May 10, 2014, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki issued the following statement on the illegal referenda in eastern Ukraine:

"As the United States has said, the referenda being planned for May 11 in portions of eastern Ukraine by armed separatist groups are illegal under Ukrainian law and are an attempt to create further division and disorder.   If these referenda go forward, they will violate international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.  The United States will not recognize the results of these illegal referenda.

"In addition, we are disappointed that the Russian government has not used its influence to forestall these referenda since President Putin’s suggestion on May 7 that they be postponed, when he also claimed that Russian forces were pulling back from the Ukrainian border.

"Unfortunately, we still see no Russian military movement away from the border, and today Kremlin-backed social media and news stations encouraged residents of eastern Ukraine to vote tomorrow, one even offering instructions for polling stations in Moscow.  Russian state media also continue to strongly back the referenda with no mention of Putin’s call for postponement.

"The focus of the international community must now be on supporting the Ukrainian government’s consistent efforts to hold a presidential election on May 25.  International observers note that preparations for these elections are proceeding apace and in accordance with international standards, which will allow all Ukrainian people a voice in the future of their country.  According to recent independent polls, a substantial majority of Ukrainians intend to vote on May 25. Any efforts to disrupt this democratic process will be seen clearly for what they are, attempts to deny the rights of Ukraine’s citizens to express their political will freely.

"As President Obama and Chancellor Merkel stated on May 2, the Russian leadership must know that if it continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine and disrupt this month’s presidential election, we will move quickly to impose greater costs on Russia.

"The Russian government can still choose to implement its Geneva commitments, as well as follow through on President Putin’s statement of May 7.  We call on them to do so."

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Allison O.
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United States
May 11, 2014
Seriously, why are we allowing this to go on in Ukraine? Why are we giving any legitimacy to Putin at this point? Why are we ignoring Cremea? Ukraine has asked for help repeatedly. The US will end up spending much more if this is allowed to continue. What am I missing here? Putin is a psychopath. How much longer will we wait?
bbg b.
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Canada
May 11, 2014
they are doing things in a DEMOCRATIC way. gtfo USA, EU. the new kiev government BURNED people alive last week. BURNED!!!! only 12 lives had sufficed for the power to switch to the protesters in february, how many will it take now? post the body count pls this is just another proxy war the US is initiating. i hope the east is as resilient as syria and wont fall to the whims of the west
Eric J.
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New Mexico, USA
May 12, 2014

Problem is the "rant filter" on Dipnote's comment section won't do justice to my opinion of Putin...( expleted deleteds ad infinitum )...but enough of little Hitlers who want to take over the world already! Take a chill pill dude!!!

Ah, what's the use? Like anything I might write here would stop WW3 and Putin's political stupidity...

It would be like talking to the Borg...."Resistance is futile, U(kraine) will be assimilated"....

Better to bankrupt them rather than bomb them, I say.

But then when folks start waving nukes around in the spirit of patriotic ferver....all bets are off.

Halina B.
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New York, USA
May 12, 2014
I think it was Albert Einstein who said: "Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over, and expecting different results." Is Putin insane? are is the USA for allowing him to repeat himself. Remember 2010 Smolensk event kicked all of Poland's government .... 2013 Putin extended an invitation for Poland to join Russia ... 2014 Imposed economic sanctions in Poland. Now Putin is attempting Ukraine, This is insanity!
Pikul S.
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Ukraine
May 12, 2014
In Ukraine, the Nazis seized power. U.S. helps fascists.
Monique P.
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United States
May 12, 2014
This is the State Department's new definition of "democracy": a violent coup d'etat is democratic, and referenda are not.
David K.
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Texas, USA
May 12, 2014
Disappointing to see that the United States ignores the expressed will of local populations around the world. So what interest does the United States follow? Think about it people.
Marist P.
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United States
May 12, 2014
I think you people are just envious because the elections here never have anywhere near that level of participation.
Kora Z.
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Pennsylvania, USA
May 14, 2014
How are you guys taking sides? Some people staged a coup in Kiev overthrowing the legitimate elected government in complete violation of any democratic process; you are calling them "legitimate government." People are trying to have a referendum, a true democratic process - you are calling them separatists. You seem to not really understand what is going on there.
kora Z.
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Pennsylvania, USA
May 14, 2014
Allow what? Allow for people who got overtaken by some coup to express their will and be a part of Russia instead of the Ukraine? Why would we be in the position to allow or not allow that? Where is this incredible arrogance coming from? Let me give you an analogy that you could possibly understand: imagine, for one second that there is a smallish province in the Northern Mexico that is primarily populated by white, English speaking people. They lived there all their lives and their parents lived there all their lives, but through some sort of weird border redrawing somehow they wound up part of of Mexico. Now imagine that Mexican government gets overthrown by some rebel forces mostly consisting of ethnic mestizos, the country is engulfed in flames of Civil war. The newly arrived Mexican government takes an extremely strong Anti-Anglo stand, people are persecuted and burned alive by dozens. Could you possibly understand how these people, right on the border with the US, speaking English, historically US Americans, would want to say screw all that, we want to be a part of the USA? Seriously, just think, does it make even a little bit of sense to you? Next step: do you think we in the US would consider just letting things play themselves out, let the Anglos be burned and whatever, and not try protecting them? Seriously, just try to use your head sometimes.
Cary G.
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Guam, USA
May 24, 2014
I see a quoted reference to the Geneva Convention. Any breach or disruption hereon truly requires input from an aggregation of Member States within the region, who mutually agree that bullying a less developed and armed nation is not morally correct or acceptable for international diplomacy. Who can recall the incidents in Georgia some time ago [quite similar]? Ukraine matters appear to be getting more intense and could lead to more casualties if some sanctions are not established and negotiations commence for a treaty, which enforce Geneva policies. -Cary Lee Peterson, LL.D.

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