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Parliament’s Vice Speaker excludes holding referendums in occupied Donbas

She reminded that Minsk agreements provide not for a referendum, but for local elections according to Ukrainian laws
16:56, 20 July 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

The First Vice Speaker of the Parliament and Ukraine’s representative at Minsk talks Iryna Gerashchenko excluded any type of referendums on status of the region in the occupied part of Donbas. She wrote about this on Facebook page.

“There must be no referendums at gun’s points and with Russian tanks stationed at schools and kindergartens of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk; no referendums on the territories where for 4 years Russian propaganda has been brainwashing people with “lifenews,” scaring people with “fascists and junta;” no referendums organized by the puppets of Kremlin on the occupied by it Crimea,” she wrote.

Gerashchenko reminded that Minsk agreements provide not for a referendum, but for local elections according to Ukrainian laws.

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“We firmly stand on the position that Russia must fulfill the Minsk agreements: stop shooting, stop supplying military equipment to the militants, withdraw its military forces with remodeled chevrons, its “lost soldiers” and weapons, free the hostages and return us control over our border,” she added.

The Vice Speaker also ironized proposing Russian President to hold a referendum on raising the pension age in his country.

As it was reported earlier, the Kremlin offers the White House to consider a possibility of the referendum in the occupied Donbas. The idea is that local residents, who live in could the militant-controlled areas could vote for the status of this region. 

The outlet referred to two interlocutors who were present during the meeting, where Putin and Russian diplomats participated. According to one of them, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea at a press conference after the summit in Helsinki, so that Trump woud have enough time to consider it.

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