Referenda for Russia's accession in Luhansk and Donetsk
Referendums on joining Russia are to be held in eastern Ukraine this week as a reaction to the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
The separatist leaderships in the contested Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine have disputed referendums for joining Russia. The votes are to be held from September 23 to 27, the head of the Luhansk separatist parliament, Denis Miroshnichenko, said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency, and shortly afterwards the Donetsk People's Assembly.
The simultaneous referendums are seen as a reaction to the current Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east of the country.