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Shakhtar Donetsk wins Ukrainian Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 10:23 am •  Published: May 11, 2014

CHERKASY, Ukraine (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk won the Ukrainian Premier League title Sunday as its home city is holding a referendum on secession.

Shakhtar secured its fifth straight title with a 3-1 win over Zorya Luhansk in a game played in an empty stadium at a neutral venue in Cherkasy, central Ukraine, amid widespread unrest in the east.

Shakhtar's home city of Donetsk is the center of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, where pro-Russian activists are hosting a vote Sunday that may lead to the region joining Russia.

There have been violent clashes in the city in recent weeks between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators.