The elections in the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions cannot take place due to the absence of the control of the border by the Ukrainian side, as Politico Europe reported, citing President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I told to President of France Macron and Chancellor of Germany Merkel and President of Russia Putin that we will not have observers there if there is no border if we cannot control the pace of the election. Any of the western observers would be able to come there. That is why the elections will never be open there. From the point of view of safety, there will no free access for all parties. But it should be – the free will of people should take place. No law enforcement system will be there. We do not know what will take place if there is no controlled border between Ukraine and Russia,” he said.
The president noted that the border of Ukraine should be controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
“One of the Minsk paragraphs has the withdrawal of all illegal military formations from the territory. Then – the passage of the control over the border. Then we will know that nothing else takes place there that any other militarized formations stay there and they do not return,” Zelensky concluded.
On September 11, the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Ukraine's agreement to amend the decree on local elections in the country after the Normandy Four talks in Berlin.
Later, Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak said that at a meeting of political advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four in Berlin, Ukraine did not promise to change the resolution on local elections, but only informed about the Verkhovna Rada's intention to consider the relevant document.