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Monday, May 12, 2014

Insurgents In Eastern Ukraine Declare Independence

Denis Pushilin (center), the self-styled governor of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' speaks as Roman Lyagin (right), Chairman of the Central Election Commission and Boris Litvinov, coordinator of the Central Election Commission (left) listen during a press conference in Donetsk on May 12, 2014. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Denis Pushilin (center), the self-styled governor of the so-called ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk’ speaks as Roman Lyagin (right), Chairman of the Central Election Commission and Boris Litvinov, coordinator of the Central Election Commission (left) listen during a press conference in Donetsk on May 12, 2014. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-Russia insurgents have declared independence for the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.

They read out the declaration at a rally Monday in the city of Luhansk after insurgents said 96 percent voted Sunday for the region’s independence.

The announcement came only an hour after separatists in the neighboring Donetsk region declared independence and also asked to join Russia.

Both regions held a hastily arranged vote on separatism Sunday that Ukraine’s government and its western allies said violated international law.

NPR’s Corey Flintoff joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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