The planned command military exercises will be held in the territory controlled by the "DNR" grouping in Donbas. This was stated by "deputy commander of DNR operational command" Eduard Bazurin, reports the websites of the separatists.
According to him, the beginning of the exercises is scheduled for September 11. Bazurin argues that all exercises will take place at some distances from the line of contact", corresponding to the Minsk agreements."
"In total, more than 4,000 personnel and more than 300 units of military equipment will take part in the exercise," said Basurin.
The announcement of "elections" in the territory of the DNR and LNR contradicts the Minsk agreements. This is reported in the statement of the EU Speaker Maya Kosjanchich, published on the official website of the European Union.
"The European Union fully supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders," the statement said.
The EU stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreements "is the key to achieving a lasting peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine."
"In this context, the announcement that the so-called "elections" to be held in the so-called Lugansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic on November 11, 2018, contradict the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements that have specific provisions on the organization of local elections in this region, "the EU stressed.
In this regard, the European Union said that they expect Russia to "make full use of its influence on the separatists."
Earlier, militants announced the holding of "elections" on the territory of "DNR" and "LNR" on November 11, 2018.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called the international partners to increase pressure on Moscow in connection with the intention of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation to hold so-called special elections on the territory of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The press office of the ministry reported.