"The referendum shows their wish to defend their rights, essentially, their wish to be free," Naryshkin told reporters on Monday when asked to comment on the outcome of the referendum.
Naryshkin said the results of the referendum clearly show the opinion of millions of Ukrainians who live in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, "the opinion that their rights are massively violated in the current state system."
Triumph of democracy: 96.2% of Ukraine's Luhansk region votes in favor of independence
According to final data of the Central Election Committee, 96.2% of Ukraine's Luhansk region supported the region's independence - said the president of the Election Committee Alexander Malihin to journalists.
According to the president, the election committee has received the official results of the referendum from each of the 32 regions.
Earlier Vasily Nikitin spokesman of the south-east region self-defense force said that the People's Republic of Luhansk would ask the UN for international recognition, and does not intend to participate in the Ukrainian presidential election, which would take place on May 25.
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