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“Elections” in ORDLO: Ukrainian MFA calls international partners to increase pressure on Kremlin

‘Calling the international partners to provide a clear estimate for the Kremlin’s actions and to increase political-diplomatic pressure on Russia, including the introduction of additional sanctions,’ Ukrainian MFA claimed
20:39, 7 September 2018

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls the international partners to increase pressure on Moscow in connection with the intention of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation to hold so-called special elections on the territory of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The press office of the ministry reported.

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‘In connection with the emergence in the Russian mass-media of messages about the intention of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation to hold so-called “special elections” of the leaders of militants and their illegitimate representative bodies on the territory of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notes that such actions of the Kremlin are flagrantly violating the obligations of the Russian Federation, as a side of the Minsk Agreements,’ reads the claim of the MFA.

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The message stresses that these provocative actions of Russia are purposefully undermining the Minsk Agreements and are able to wipe out all international efforts for the resolution of the situation, emerged, as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its occupied territory.  

‘In case of holding fake “special elections”, their results will be void, will not create any legal consequences and will not be recognized either by Ukraine or the world community,’ Ukrainian MFA reported.

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Also, the Ministry says that all responsibility for the constant blocking and torpedoing of the process of the peaceful resolution is on the Russian Federation.

‘Calling the international partners to provide a clear estimate for the Kremlin’s actions and to increase political-diplomatic pressure on Russia, including the introduction of additional sanctions to make them back to the fulfillment of its obligations,’ reads the message.

The MFA claims that Ukraine from its side will remain loyal to the world resolution of the situation in Donbas based on the Minsk Agreements.

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Reportedly, on August 31, as a result of the explosion in the restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, head of so-called “DNR” Aleksandr Zakharchenko died. The Russian mass media reported that Oleksandr Timofeyev, so-called "minister of revenue and duties" of so-called "DNR" has also died. The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained “Ukrainian saboteurs” who are presumably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Although, SBU hasn’t approved the information.    

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ORDO, Separate district of Donetsk region, suspects one of the guards of Zakharchenko in his death. At the same time, the Russian MFA accused "Kyiv regime" in the death of Zakharchenko.  It was reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line because of the incident. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences over the murder of Zakharchenko.   

On September 2, Zakharchenko was buried in Donetsk next to pro-Russian militants "Givi" and "Motorola".

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