A pro-Russia insurgency in Eastern Ukraine has rejected an appeal from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy.
The coordinating committee of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic announced after a meeting today that it would hold the vote on Sunday as planned.
Yesterday, Putin urged them to delay the referendum, which many fear could be a flash point for further violence between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russia militants who have seized government buildings in about a dozen cities in Eastern Ukraine.
- Olexiy Solohubenko, editor for BBC Global News and former head of the BBC's Ukrainian service. He tweets @OS1954.
This segment aired on May 8, 2014.