Rebel leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk said Sunday’s vote had established two new “sovereign” republics, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. Donetsk rebel leaders said that the May 25 Ukrainian presidential elections should not take place and that the Donetsk People’s Republic should join Russia.
May 12, 2104 People celebrate the results of a referendum in Donetsk, Ukraine. The self-declared People's Republic of Donetsk asked to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, a day after a hastily arranged secession referendum that has been declared illegal by Western governments. Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency