Sunday's Referendum In Eastern Ukraine To Go On As Scheduled05:01

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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.

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  • 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.