Donetsk taxi drivers did not charge them anything for the lift.
On the ballot paper there is just one question: Do you support the independence of Donetsk?
In the past few weeks Ruban has traveled personally to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by anti-Ukrainian rebel forces.
One man in Donetsk said he visits his parents in Mariupol almost every weekend.
It was the same story up by the barricades outside the occupied Donetsk City Hall.
Andrey Donskoy is a musician and commando from Krasnoarmeysk, a town in the Donetsk region.
Several protestors are at pains to say they have not been paid by anyone and are indigenous to Donetsk.
Bolotov followed the line of his comrades in Donetsk and said the referendum in Luhansk would go ahead.
In Donetsk, the ex-president reportedly tried to escape in a private plane, but border guards prevented him from taking off.
As the demonstration winds down I make my way through the wide streets of central Donetsk.