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'Elections' in occupied Donbas could undermine Minsk process, - official

Georgiy Tuka, Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories commented on the possible consequences of the elections
11:09, 1 October 2018

112 Agency

There is a danger that the local 'elections' in the occupied Donbas could undermine the Minsk peaceful process. Georgiy Tuka, Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories said that on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, as he commented on the possible consequences of the elections. 

'Any of the parties could use these pseudo-elections, considering them a cause to break the Minsk agreement. But, from my point of view, a big threat lies in the chance that our MPs... can use this nonsense so as not to extend the validity of the law, which we conditionally refer to as 'the law on the special status'. And then, Russia will be able to blame Kyiv for unilateral withdrawal from the Minsk agreement, since it doesn't want to live up to political agreements', Tuka said.   

Earlier, militants announced the holding of 'elections' on the territory of 'DNR' and 'LNR' on November 11, 2018. The so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' plans to hold 'elections' of the leader in connection with the death of Aleksandr Zakharchenko.

The EU said that the announcement of 'elections' in the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' contradicts the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements.

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