Donbas elections are illegitimate, Russia should influence separatists supported by it, - Mogherini

Source : 112 Ukraine

The EU insists on the necessity to fulfill the Minsk Agreements
12:32, 12 November 2018

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The elections at the territories of the so-called "Luhansk People's Republic" (LPR) and "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR) are illegal and illegitimate and the European Union does not recognize them. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy made such statement as EU Delegation to Ukraine reported.

The EU confirms its full support of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

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"The EU considers the “elections” planned for 11 November 2018 in the nongovernment controlled territories of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” and “Donetsk People’s Republic” as illegal and illegitimate and will not recognise them. The EU condemns these ''elections'', as they are in breach of international law, undermine the commitments taken under the Minsk agreements and violate Ukraine's sovereignty and law," the message said.

It is noted that the Minsk Agreements provide the holding of exclusively local elections within the Ukrainian legislation and according to the standards and on the condition of the OSCE monitoring. So, the elections of November 11 are invalid.

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"We expect the Russian Federation to make full use of its considerable influence over the separatists it backs," the message claimed.

Moreover, it is added that the EU welcomes the decision of Ukraine to extend the law on the special status of the separate parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions until the end of 2019.

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As is known, the so-called elections took place in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on Sunday, November 11. The voters elected the leaders of 'people's republics' and their representatives in the parliaments of the 'republics'.

During the day, the Russian mass media reported that the elections take place "calmly" and "without violations". According to the so-called "Central Election Commissions" of the militants, the voter turnout as at 18:00 made 72,5% in the LPR and 76,2% in the DPR.

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Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU unanimously condemned the voting, considering it illegitimate. Russia still has not commented on the outcome of the election.

Besides, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged Ukrainians living in the occupied Donbas not to vote at the fake elections on November 11.

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