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Election in Donbas to fill “power vacuum” after Zakharchenko’s murder, - Russia’s UN envoy

According to Vasiliy Nebenzya, the election has no connection to Minsk measures and it is only of the 'municipal nature'
11:59, 31 October 2018

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Ukraine organized a “terrorist act”, during which Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of Donetsk People’s Republic was killed. Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent Representative of Russia at the UN said this during his spech at the UN Security Council session, as Ukrinform news agency reported.

'The election of the heads of the republics and lawmakers of the people’s councils scheduled on November 11 was caused by the necessity to fill the power vacuum after the murder of Zakharchenko,' Nebenzya said.

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The Russian representative also used the old propaganda cliches of the Kremlin against Ukraine, mentioning 'the blockade from Kyiv' and 'constant threats of the use of force from the Ukrainian government'. Moreover, he repeated the words that supposedly Kyiv 'did not observe the agreements on the ceasefire and shied away from the fulfillment of the political commitments within Minsk agreements'.

At the same time, Nebenzya absolved Russia of the responsibility for the necessity to fulfill Minsk agreements, emphasizing that 'all points of the complex of measures relate to Ukraine and the militants - and none to Russia.'

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Nebenzya also accused the EU and the U.S. of the fact that Minsk agreements are not fulfilled, also complaining that Russia 'pays the price' for it by the Western sanctions aiming against it.

As we reported, the members of the UN Security Council rejected Russia’s proposal to invite the representatives of the occupied Donbas to participate in the session of the Council on Ukraine.

Reportedly, on October 30, the UN Security Council had a session dedicated to the situation on the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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