President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky states that he has a feeling that holding elections in Donbas will be possible this fall - at the same time as local elections throughout the country will take place, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Zelensky said that "local elections, which will be held all over the country at the same time, unite the country". "This is an important symbol for me," the President stated.
He stressed that "the withdrawal of foreign armed formations and the end of military activities are required first".
"How likely is that? If we agree, it will still take, at least, three months to ensure security there for everyone - for journalists and for the Central Election Commission, for all observers. For some reason, I believe it is possible, for some reason there is such a feeling," the head of the Ukrainian state said.
According to him, a lot of things will become clear after the next Normandy Summit, which is scheduled for April, is held.
“Let me put it this way: if there is no significant progress, the chances of holding local elections will be decreased by several times," the Zelensky noted.
As we reported earlier, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Dmytro Razumkov believes that Ukraine already has all the necessary legislative framework for elections in Donbas.
"The elections (in Donbas, - 112 International) should be held according to Ukrainian law. In fact, the election law has been adopted, and it allows elections to be held in the temporarily occupied territories. I do not think that we need a separate law," he said.