Ukraine, the world not recognize ‘elections’ in occupied Donbas, this is violation of Minsk agreements – Foreign Ministry

Ukraine, the world not recognize ‘elections’ in occupied Donbas, this is violation of Minsk agreements – Foreign Ministry

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The intentions of the Russian occupation administration to hold so-called "early elections" in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas grossly violate obligations of Russia as a party to the Minsk accords.

This is stated in a statement by the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

"Due to the reports in Russia’s mass media outlets about the intentions of the Russian occupation administration in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine to hold the so-called "early elections" of militant leaders and their illegitimate representative bodies, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine emphasizes that such actions of the Kremlin grossly violate the obligations of the Russian Federation as a party to the Minsk accords," the statement reads.

The Foreign Ministry notes that in case of conducting fake "elections" their results will be illegitimate and will not be recognized either by Ukraine or the world community.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry states that these provocative actions of Russia deliberately undermine the Minsk agreements and can nullify the persistent international efforts to resolve the situation that arose as a result of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine and its occupation of part of the sovereign territory of the state.

The statement reads that the Russian Federation bears liability for the permanent blocking of the peace process.

The Foreign Ministry also calls on international partners to give a clear assessment of such actions by the Kremlin and to increase political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including by imposing additional sanctions against it to make it to return to fulfilling its obligations.

The Foreign Ministry emphasizes that Ukraine for its part remains committed to a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas based on the Minsk agreements.

As reported, on September 7, militants in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions announced that "elections" will be held on November 11.

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