Despite the fact that Obama and the western media calls these folks "separatists" what they are actually voting for today is one of two things:
1) Greater autonomy for eastern Ukraine but still remaining a part of Ukraine. Under this plan they would continue their historic trade and cultural relations with neighboring Russia.
2) No change from the present situation
How many media sources will even bother to tell us that bit of truth?
“My problem is not Ukraine, it is the authorities in Kiev,” said Anton Karpov, a 31-year-old coal mine worker.
good to live in Ukraine, but the situation nowadays is not good for
Russian-speaking people,” said 60-year-old Galina Borisovna, a retired
former computer worker. “The Kiev authorities are illegal, and people
just want the right to decide for themselves. I hope everything will be
peaceful within a federal Ukraine.”
Voting in four towns across Lugansk region has
already been disrupted, as military vehicles block passage to
polling stations, representatives of referendum coordination
council told Interfax.
“In four districts – Belokurakinsky, Svatovsky, Troitsky and
Melovsky – APCs of the Ukrainian National Guard do not let
residents pass to the referendum polling stations,” the
Kiev’s armed forces also entered the town of
Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk region and seized
four school buildings where residents were voting in the
referendum, Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s
Republic, told Itar-Tass.
All the people in the election district were evacuated, he said,
adding that all voting bulletins were saved and taken away by the
electoral commission. Voting was also stopped.
"They threatened us and said that they were sent by the Kiev
authorities," Sergey, a local resident.