Ukraine’s rebels say they are seeking a mandate, not independence, in referendum

By Simon Denyer, Fredrick Kunkle, May 11, 2014

DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine are seeking to harness anger at the government with a hastily organized and vaguely worded referendum Sunday that they hope will legitimize their uprising, even if it falls short of giving them a legal mandate to declare an independent state.

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