Ukraine Liveblog Day 82: Mariupol Remains in Chaos the Day Before the Referendum

May 10, 2014
A burnt Ukrainian BMP-2 in Mariupol. Photo: Christopher Miller

Following yesterday’s violence, there have been carnivalesque scenes in Mariupol today as looting has broken out, a military base has been ransacked and an abandoned armoured vehicle set ablaze in the street.

Meanwhile, preparations are under way for tomorrow’s referendum. Separatist leaders appear determined to go ahead with the poll, despite a public statement from Vladimir Putin, calling for the vote to be delayed, and criticism from the Ukrainian government and western nations that the referendum is illegal.

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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