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Eight EU member states at UN urge Russia to stop preparing to illegal elections in Donbas

The UN Security Council had a session dedicated to the situation on the occupied territories of Donbas
23:31, 30 October 2018

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Eight EU member stated at the UN (France, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Great Britain, Belgium and Germany) urged Russia’s authorities to cease the preparation to the illegal elections on the occupied territories of Ukraine, as the press office of the British Government reports.

“We condemn the illegitimate “elections” planned for 11 November in the non-government controlled territories of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and “Donetsk People’s Republic”. If held, these illegitimate “elections” would contravene commitments made under the Minsk agreements and violate Ukrainian law. Any such illegal elections would be incompatible with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the message says.

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It was noted that the states support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders.

“We call on the international community to stand united in opposing these illegitimate “elections” that can only serve to undermine efforts to achieve peace in the region. We urge the separatists to abandon the plans for “elections” and call on Russia to bring its considerable influence to bear to stop the “elections” from taking place,” the statement reads.

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The members of the UN Security Council rejected Russia’s proposal to invite the representatives of the occupied Donbas to participate in the session of the Council on Ukraine. Yet, the Russian delegation brought Yelena Kravchenko, the so-called head of the Central Electoral Commission of Luhansk People’s Republic to the session, but she was not allowed to deliver a speech. 

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