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Ukraine Liveblog Day 83: Referendum Day

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Claims that Mariupol Police Chief Hanged by Separatists

There are two reports around at the moment stating that the chief of police in Mariupol, Valery Andruschuk, who was abducted amidst the violence on May 9, has been hanged. We stress that these are the only two reports we have on this story, and that neither has been confirmed.

A number of Ukrainian outlets are citing an OstroV report saying that Andruschuk was found hanged yesterday near Mariupol airport. No further details are given in their citations (see here and here for example), and unfortunately, we are unable to access OstroV at the moment (this update is being written in the UK).

The other report is from a separatist news site, novorus.info, the "Central Information Agency of Novorossiya".

Firstly, it must be noted that the photo that novorus.info uses has appeared before on suicide stories for a number of a years in both Russia and Azerbaijan.

The claim made is that a 'People's court' sentenced Andruschuk to death for giving the order to shoot citizens of Mariupol on May 9.

The site writes that:

"The People's court", as an special judicial body with the rights of a military tribunal, sentenced Valery Nikolyevich Andruschuk to the supreme penalty. The sentence was carried out on an aspen tree in the woodland on the northern outskirts of Mariupol by soldiers from the 'May 2 Remembrance ' battalion of the Lugansk People's Army.

Once again, this has not been confirmed, but if true, would mark the return of the death penalty to Ukrainian soil. The death penalty is outlawed in every European country (including Russia) except Belarus. Ukraine abolished the death penalty in both peacetime and wartime in 2000. Their last execution took place in 1997.


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Armed Men Stop Poll in Krasnoarmeysk

Simon Kruse, the Moscow correspondent for Berlingske, a Danish newspaper, is tweeting from Krasnoarmeysk at the moment. He was reporting there on the separatist referendum when armed men arrived to stop the voting.

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Journalists Harassed in Kramatorsk

Mircea Barbu, a journalist for the Romanian newspaper Adevarul, reports on Twitter that he and his group of reporters have been ejected from a polling station and briefly detained:


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Airfield Chief and 3 Employees Abducted from Kramatorsk

There are reports that separatists abducted the chief of the Kramatorsk airfield and three female employees last night.

Dmytro Tymchuk of Information Resistance wrote that one of the abducted women had been released. She reportedly had a concussion and a broken rib as a result of torture. The fate of the remaining abductees is unknown.

A similar report comes from Novosti Donbassa:


Translation: Fighters in Slavyansk have kidnapped three girls. One escaped. Broken ribs, pulled hair, they were beaten in the executive committee [administrative building] and were then transported to the police station.
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Russian Journalist Ilya Azar Allowed to Vote in Mariupol

Ilya Azar, formerly of Lenta.ru, posted the following tweet today:


Translation:

they let me in to vote without a passport in Mariupol, but, of course, I didn't interfere in the affairs of another state

He also posted the following photo of the "chaos inside the polling station":


He also posted this photo showing yesterday's burnt out BMP-2, now adorned with the message "BITCHES THIS IS FOR ODESSA", and the BTR-70 that was taken from the abandoned National Guard barracks yesterday.


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