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EU considers elections in occupied territories of Donbas unlawful

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini condemned the upcoming elections
14:20, 10 November 2018

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The elections in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions scheduled for November 11 are illegitimate and unlawful. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini claimed that.  

‘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,’ Mogherini said.  

Related: Ukraine's Security Service reveals "results" of "elections" in occupied Donbas

The EU Representative reminded that the Minsk Agreements exclusively provide for local elections to be held within the framework of the Ukrainian legislation and under the OSCE standards and observation. 

‘We expect the Russian Federation to make full use of its considerable influence over the separatists it backs. The provisions of the Minsk agreements should be implemented fully and without further delay, starting with a comprehensive ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, so as to create the necessary conditions for the political transition through local elections they foresee,’ Mogherini's press service said.  

Related: Sanctions to be imposed against organizers of "elections" in occupied Donbas

As it was reported, the militants scheduled the so-called elections in occupied Donbas on Sunday, November 11. The 'heads of the republics' and 'the local MPs' are to be elected. Ukraine and the international community have already condemned such “elections”. The representatives of the Kremlin stated that they decide on recognition or non-recognition after the final results. The President of Ukraine expects new anti-Russian sanctions due to the 'voting'. 

The Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov stated that all the organizers and the participants of the 'elections' on November 11 would be found and prosecuted according to the Ukrainian legislation. 

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