The Republic of Crimea has recognized the outcomes of the referendums held in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and declared its wish to develop relations with their new administrations, Acting Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergei Aksenov said.
“People expressed their will in the referendum, just as people of Crimea had done earlier. So, we recognize these referendums. This is the opinion of the territorial community, which now needs to be legalized. They are creating new administrations and as soon as this is done and it will be clear with whom relations should be developed, we will start to establish these relationships,” Aksenov told reporters in Simferopol on Wednesday, while answering an Interfax question.
The Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine held a referendum on the status of those regions on May 11. Residents were asked a question whether they supported the act on state independence of the regions.
The organizers claimed 96.2% of voters in the Lugansk region chose state independence (3.8% voted against) and the indicators stood at 89.7% for and 10.19% against in the Donetsk region.