Ukraine and its international partners are working to strengthen sanctions against Russia because of the 'elections' in the occupied territories of Donbas. This is written in the statement of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, as published on Twitter.
'The Kremlin is arranging another circus show to hide its crimes. The reaction to such criminal actions of the authoritarian Kremlin regime and its minions in the occupied territories will be the strengthening of international sanctions. And we are already working on this with our partners!', he said.
The Foreign Minister urged residents of the occupied territories not to vote in the 'election' and not to participate in them.
'Do not let Russia legitimize these 'elections' and the occupation of Donbas. Your vote will be important in real elections, when Russia and its weapons are removed from Donbas, when elections are organized by Ukraine and the international community. You will determine the fate of Ukrainian, not occupied Donbas', said Klimkin.
Earlier the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that sanctions could be imposed on the organizers of the ORDLO 'elections'.
As it was reported, the militants scheduled the so-called elections in occupied Donbas on Sunday, November 11. The 'heads of the republics' and 'the people’s deputies' are to be elected. Ukraine and the international community have already condemned such 'elections'. The representatives of the Kremlin stated that they decide on recognition or non-recognition after the final results. The President of Ukraine expects new anti-Russian sanctions due to the 'voting'.
The Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov stated that all the organizers and the participants of the 'elections' on November 11 would be defined and prosecuted in compliance with the Ukrainian legislation.