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US reiterates illegality of eastern Ukraine referendum

A Ukrainian woman mourns on May 10, 2014 for people killed the day before during a fight between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian activists in Mariupol, southeastern UkraineThe United States said it will not recognise the result of the independence vote in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, calling it an “illegal” attempt to create division and disorder. Pro-Russian rebels organised the independence vote in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, marking a deepening of the political crisis in the former Soviet nation. The referendums are “illegal under Ukrainian law and are an attempt to create further division and disorder,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement late Saturday. “If these referenda go forward, they will violate international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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