Donbas elections not to be recognized either by Ukraine or international community, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Legitimate elections could be held only in full compliance with the Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards
15:57, 11 November 2018

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Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses a categorical protest against the illegitimate actions of Russia in conducting pseudo-elections today in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. This is reported in a statement released by the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

"The results of these pseudo-elections are legally null and void; they do not create any legal consequences and will not be recognized either by Ukraine or by the international community. Legitimate elections in Donbas can only be held in full compliance with Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards with the provision of OSCE observation. We are grateful to our international partners for confirming their continued support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders."

Related: Poroshenko urges Ukrainians in Donbas not to vote in fake elections

The Foreign Ministry is outraged by the fact that Russia has ignored the clear position of the international community, which condemned the organization of fake "elections," and called for their cancellation. Russia bears full responsibility for these illegal actions and destructive consequences for the peace process.

Today, November 11, so-called voting for “heads of the republics” and “the people’s deputies” is taking place in “Luhansk/Donetsk People's Republics.”  

The Ukrainian part of the Trilateral Contact Group has stressed that all organizations related to “elections" must be held responsible, and has also reminded that Russia with its actions violates the fundamental norms and principles of international law and Ukraine's legislation:

"We demand the immediate holding of an extraordinary convocation of the Trilateral Contact Group and we appeal to the member countries of the Normandy format with a request to hold special consultations with a demand to the Russian Federation to abandon the destructive scenarios of destabilization of the situation in Donbas."

Related: U.S. urges residents of occupied Donbas to boycott "elections"

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