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Authorities of occupied Donbas should be dismantled before Ukrainian elections, - U.S. mission in OSCE

The U.S. mission in OSCE also assured it would never recognize Crimea’s annexation by Russia
22:54, 15 November 2019

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The U.S. mission in OSCE stated that the so-called authorities of terrorists in occupied territories of Donbas should be eliminated as they pose the threat to the peace efforts in the east of Ukraine as the mission reported.

According to the statement of Political Counselor Gregory Macris, November 11 marked a year since the fake elections held by the so-called People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.

“ Russian propaganda aimed at convincing this body of the legitimacy of its “referenda” in the Donbas and Crimea has been unsuccessful. The illegitimate authorities established by these sham “elections” are a threat to peace efforts in eastern Ukraine. Before any legitimate elections can be held in the Donbas, these illegitimate, corrupt bodies must be dismantled,” he noted.

Related: Occupants attack Ukrainian positions in Donbas two times

Besides, Markis reminded once more that the U.S. supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders.

“We do not, nor will we ever, recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. We join our European and other partners in affirming that our Minsk-related sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia fully implements its Minsk commitments. The separate, Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine,” he said.

Related: OSCE reports 260 explosions in Donbas over November 11

Earlier Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko stated that there would be no federalization of Ukraine as the Russian Federation wants. He assured that elections in Donbas will be conducted in accordance with Ukrainian law, under the supervision and according to OSCE rules, when the security situation is normalized.

Besides, Vadym Prystaiko said Ukraine could withdraw from Minsk agreements if the Normandy Format meeting would not bring the results.

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