Elections in occupied territories may be put to referendum, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

The First Vice Speaker stated such a possibility
17:55, 12 April 2021

First Deputy Chairperson of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk admitted that the procedure of conducting elections in occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions may be put to a national referendum. Donbas News reported this.

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"I think such issues may be the country's accession to the EU, NATO at certain stages of Ukraine's development. And whether we agree that elections in the temporarily occupied territories will be held after the return of full control over the border," Stefanchuk explained.

During the sitting of the Conciliation Committee, he reminded that President Zelensky signed the law on the All-Ukrainian referendum last week.

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Stefanchuk also added that it should address issues of national importance "and not some small narrow-minded things" given the cost of holding a referendum.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has requested talks with President of Russia Volodymyr Putin to discuss the escalation of the conflict in Donbas. However, he did not receive an answer. 

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