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  5/9/2014, Iyar 9, 5774

Despite Offer, Pro-Russian Militants Push Ahead with Referendum

Tensions in eastern Ukraine refused to be abated Friday, with pro-Russian militants threatening to push ahead with an independent referendum vote despite a landmark call by Russian President Vladimir Putin against drastic measures. “Civil war has already begun,” Denis Pushilin, a prominent leader of the self-styled "People's Republic of Donetsk," said during a news conference there. “The referendum can put a stop to it and start a political process.”