Leonid Pasechnyk was chosen as the "head" of the self-proclaimed republic at the illegal "elections" in the separate parts of Luhansk regions (Luhansk People's Republic, LPR). Denis Pushilin was "elected" as the head of the territory of Donetsk region occupied by the pro-Russian militants (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR) as TASS reported citing the so-called "Central Election Commissions" of the pseudo-republics.
Following the results of the preliminary count of 100% of the ballots, Pasechnyk got 68,3% of the votes. Totally, there were four "candidates" for the post of the head of the self-proclaimed republic.
Oleg Koval, the Head of the "Republican Committee of Trade Union of workers of the education and science" got 16,55% of the votes; Lyudmyla Rusnak, the leaders of "the crossover territorial department of the public movement "Luhansk economic union" got 5,9% and Natalia Sergun, the head of "Republican Trade Union of workers of the railway transport" got 7,95%. 1,3% of the ballots were recognized as invalid.
In autumn 2017, Leonid Pasechnyk became the acting head of the republic after the resignation of Ihor Plotnytsky. Earlier he occupied the post of the "minister of state security of LPR".
Pasechnyk is the former officer of the Security Service of Ukraine. in 2007, then President Viktor Yushchenko awarded him the medal "for military service to Ukraine".
The majority of the votes, 74,12%, was gained by "Mir Luganshchine" (Peace to Luhansk region, - 112 International) movement headed by Pasechnyk at the elections to the "parliament" of the so-called "LPR". "Luhansk economic union" movement gained 25,16% of votes. 0,72% of the ballots were recognized as invalid.
The self-proclaimed republic reported that the voter turnout was 77% at Luhansk elections.
Talking about occupied territories of Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin became a new head of the self-proclaimed DPR following the results of the preliminary count of 100% of the ballots, with 60,85% of the votes.
Khramenkov A. Roman got 14,2%, Shishkina N. Elena got 9,3% and Yevstifeev N. Roman got 7,75%.
Meanwhile, "Donetsk Republic" movement got 72,5% of the votes at the elections to the "council" of the pseudo-republic. The public movement "Free Donbas" got 26%.
As is known, the so-called elections took place in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on Sunday, November 11. The voters elected the leaders of 'people's republics' and their representatives in the parliaments of the 'republics'.
During the day, the Russian mass media reported that the elections take place "calmly" and "without violations". According to the so-called "Central Election Commissions" of the militants, the voter turnout as at 18:00 made 72,5% in the LPR and 76,2% in the DPR.
Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU unanimously condemned the voting, considering it illegitimate. Russia still has not commented on the outcome of the election.
Besides, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged Ukrainians living in the occupied Donbas not to vote at the fake elections on November 11.