Hundreds of men at the Olkhovaya railway station near Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have blocked a train carrying military hardware to the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Some three hundred men barricaded the railway with metal junk and formed a live shield to prevent the train from moving further eastward in a vehement show of defiance against the policy pursued by the new government in Kiev.
The Ukrainian authorities rushed trainloads of military hardware towards the Russian border on Sunday as Crimea votes on its future status. The referendum was called after the anti-government coup in Kiev.
LiveNews has obtained footage of one such train crossing the Lugansk region, which borders on Russia’s Belgorod and Voronezh in the east and Rostov region in the south.
Polls in Crimea opened at 8:00 am local time (10:00 am Moscow Time, 06:00 am GMT). The region has around 1.5 million eligible voters.
All of the more than 1,200 polling stations operate normally.
People can vote only in their polling districts. To get a ballot, a voter has to present his or her passport. There are no absentee ballots.