The white house tried to convince the Russian Federation and the militia of Donbass to facilitate the holding of local elections in Eastern Ukraine that They would be held as soon as possible.
"We urge the Russian Federation and of the separatists to engage in dialogue in good faith within the format of trilateral contact group and political working groups, elections to be held within separatist-controlled as quickly as possible," said White house press Secretary John Ernest at the press conference.
The US is also hopeful that "citizens in conflict zones, internally displaced persons and refugees will soon be able to exercise their right in electing leaders in Accordance with the legislative acts of Ukraine, the OSCE standards and appeals of the Minsk agreements," he added.
Local elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday on the new electoral law. In the Donbass elections were held only in part of the territories controlled by Kiev. They were not carried out in 91 local Council in Artemovsk, Volnovakha, Volodarsky, Konstantin, Maryino, Starobeshevo, Yasinovatskiy districts of Donetsk region, and similarly in the towns Avdiyivka, Artemivsk, Horlivka, debaltseve, Dzerzhinsk, Dokuchayevsk and Konstantinovka.
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which since September of last year had already taken 3 of the document, regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict.