elections "should be held under Ukrainian laws and in keeping with OSCE standards. Elections in Donbas should be conducted in accordance with Ukrainian law
and OSCE standards, "Any other so-called
elections are the way to
the legitimizing of terrorists. We won't agree to that," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated at a
press conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin
on Wednesday, April 1.
Minister recalled that the Ukraine's Parliament, according to the Minsk deal, decided
on identifying areas that have special status: "The Government, the
Parliament and the President of Ukraine clearly declared - we are ready for holding
elections, as we are not going to talk to the terrorists - legitimate authorities in Donetsk
and Luhansk regions should be lawfully elected. But the elections "should be held under
Ukrainian laws and in keeping with OSCE and ODIHR standards (OSCE
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - ed.)."
to hold elections if there are Russian terrorists with Kalashnikov at the
polling stations. The Minsk agreements should be fulfilled. All the conditions should be created
for holding free and transparent elections, which will be recognized by the
international community and Ukraine," he emphasized.
so-called elections are the way to the legitimizing of terrorists. We won't agree to that. We're for
holding the elections, but this requires the fulfillment of the Minsk
[agreements], the announcement of the full ceasefire, withdrawal of troops,
Russian mercenaries should be removed from the territory and a free electoral
process should be guaranteed," Areseniy Yatsenyuk