Vladimir Dobrovolsky. The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko explained why Kiev considers it impossible to hold local elections on the uncontrolled territory of Donbass.
"We're talking About the impossibility of holding illegal elections that do not meet the standards of the OSCE / ODIHR, with the presence of Russian soldiers in the occupied territory, with open borders, without the approval of the campaign of political parties of Ukraine, with armed men on the streets, without resolved issues with safety, without the presence of foreign observers, these elections are impossible because they do not meet international standards," explained Poroshenko on Thursday correspondents, answering the question About the prospects of holding elections in Eastern Ukraine.
He said that " in other areas of the us (in Ukraine - ed.) will be held local elections on October 25 ".
"The only place where elections do not have the opportunity to undergo, is undergoing constant artillery fire. If you will be guaranteed a ceasefire, other disturbances for elections in unoccupied parts of Ukraine does not happen, " - said the head of Ukraine.
Moscow has stated many times that is not a party to domestic conflict, does not support the militia and not sending troops in the Donbass. Kiev continues to accuse Russia of "military aggression" and occasionally "finds" in the East of Ukraine and in the border areas of Russia, some Russian military units, although international observers in the process of regular inspections have never found any undeclared military activity.
The Verkhovna Rada had passed a law that defines the rules for local elections. Kiev insists on elections in uncontrolled areas of Donbass were appointed by the authorities of Ukraine and was conducted according to Ukrainian legislation. According to the Minsk agreements, local elections in Donbas must be held according to the agreed with the self-proclaimed republics of the law, and after fastening in the Constitution of a special status for certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
before the head of the Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said that the elections of heads of cities and districts of the DPR will be held on October 18. Chapter LNR Igor Carpenter has appointed elections of 1 November. Carpenter explained that the appointment of the date of the local elections in LNR due to the fact that Ukraine is in the hands of individual adopts the law " On local elections ", not agreeing with LNR and DND. The content of the law if it "contradicts the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements," He said.