Japan considers ‘elections’ in occupied Donbas illegal – statement

Japan considers ‘elections’ in occupied Donbas illegal – statement

The Japanese Government has declared that it considers the so-called elections in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions illegitimate.

The Japanese Embassy in Ukraine published the corresponding statement on its Facebook page.

"The so-called elections scheduled for November 11 and declared by the "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" are not governed by the Minsk agreements, as well as the laws and regulations of Ukraine. The Japanese Government considers these elections as illegal and believes that such unilateral actions should not be taken," the statement reads.

The Japanese Government notes that elections in the temporarily occupied territories should be held in accordance with the Minsk agreements and the Ukrainian legislation.

The statement also says that Japan does not recognize any attempts to change the situation by force, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

As reported, pro-Russian militants in Donbas announced the holding of the so-called "elections" in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions scheduled for November 11.


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