This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

According to the Los Angeles Times, in Donetsk “the breakaway region’s election committee, which operated without a voter registry, conducted polling in the presence of armed fighters and carried ballot boxes to villagers who were reluctant to brave artillery fire to vote.”

Both contests were condemned by the U.N., the E.U., the U.S. and, of course, the government in Kiev.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko responded by trying to revoke a law providing more autonomy to the breakaway territories.

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

Your support matters…

Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.

You can help level the playing field. Become a member.

Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.

Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.