Zelensky explains why local elections cannot be held in Donbas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that it is now impossible to hold elections in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

He said this in an interview with Politico Europe, the press service of the head of state reported.

When asked whether it is possible to hold local elections in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas, the President replied: “No, it isn’t. I can give a more detailed answer. I told French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin that we will not have observers there if there is no border [under our control] and we are not able to control the election process. None of the Western observers will be able to come there. Therefore, elections will never be open there.”

“The Ukrainian border should be controlled by the Ukrainian authorities,” he said. “I say this openly and I believe that it cannot be otherwise … it’s just physically impossible.”

At the same time, he recalled that one of the “Minsk” clauses was the withdrawal of all illegal armed formations from the territory, after which Ukraine regains full control of its external borders.

Local elections in Ukraine, except for the temporarily uncontrolled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, will take place on October 25.

(c) Ukrinform

2 comments

  • “I told French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin that we will not have observers there if there is no border [under our control] and we are not able to control the election process. None of the Western observers will be able to come there. Therefore, elections will never be open there.”

    What Ze is politely saying to Putin and the appeasers, there will be no Russian/Belarus style elections in Donbas.

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    • Related: Poro, currently under the weather with chicom bat pox, has been commenting on the EU summit on his FB page. (Translation) :-
      On Tuesday in Brussels, the Ukraine-EU summit will be held. There are very difficult tasks in front of the Ukrainian team, which goes to Brussels, because in addition to the world pandemic and economic troubles, there was a crisis of trust in Ukrainian leadership on the part of international partners.
      The reasons for this crisis are slowing down and even a ′′ rear move “, which in a half years gave the new power in conducting European reforms. The authorities are methodically removed from the authorities. The competition principles of public service appointments have been destroyed. Instead, they are actively assigned their ′′ Kvartalívcí “, showmen or recruited frank or latent pro-Russian shots from Yanukovych’s team.
      Increasing pressure on courts, law enforcement, free media. The President’s office has literally destroyed the anti-corruption structure, which we have formed over the years in cooperation with our partners. Got to the first soft warnings about possible visa-free problems.
      The power of the movement of Ukraine to the European Union, started by our team, is exhausted. And in our situation to stop and tuptsyuvaty on the spot – means to be at risk of vídkočuvannâ back to the sphere of Russian influence. My lung inflammation caused by Covid is no reason to care about the important summit and not keep your hand on the pulse of the country’s life. Therefore, on the eve of the summit, I think it is expedient to highlight the expectations that the European opposition connects to this event.
      Our order, our advice, our recommendations. Vladimir Oleksandrovich! Do not forget where the true friends of Ukraine are. And remember where the unfriends are. The latter are only waiting for Ukraine to lose support from the West, the EU and the United States and slide into the arms of the northern neighbor. Therefore, it is important in Brussels to do everything to strengthen trust with EU leaders. The EU is not an ′′ external manager “, but our future home. The EU is really not an ATM, but principles.
      During the summit, the ideology of European unity and solidarity with Ukraine should be loud. Solidarity in the fight against aggressor and in the implementation of complex and comprehensive reforms. It’s time to present to the allies their strategy for peace in Donbass and de-occupation of Crimea and coordinate ways to strengthen political and sanction pressure on Russia. The Kremlin cannot be persuaded what has been spent a year and a half.
      Moscow daily does everything possible to disconnect, destroy the EU’s consolidated sanctions unity in support of Ukraine. Therefore, we need more sanctions, more EU involvement in the construction of Donbass, more joint combating the creepy annexation of the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait, and Russian propaganda! There is no other option but to return to the ′′ road map ′′ of the Minsk agreements and to the issue of the blue UN helmets in the occupied part of Donbass.
      The first and important task is to fulfill the Association Agreement, the expensive internal reforms to build a democratic prosperous Ukraine. Because in existing geopolitical realities, the European prospect for Ukraine, like NATO membership, is the only guarantee of independence, territorial integrity and prosperity of our state.
      And last but not least priority. I propose to include the head of the Verkhovna Rada’s profile committee in order to demonstrate unity and consolidated position of power and Ukrainian opposition on the way to the European Union.
      It’s time to make work on mistakes and fix the situation still there.

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