The holding of illegitimate elections in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics is the main threat to peaceful settlement in eastern Ukraine, the country's president Petro Poroshenko said.
"We defined attempts to hold illegitimate, fake elections in Donbass on October 18 and November 1 as the main threat to the Minsk process," Poroshenko said at a joint press conference with EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in Kiev on Sept.11.
"I would like to clearly state our joint position: elections in Donbass must be held in line with Ukrainian laws, in line with the Minsk agreements and in line with OSCE/ODIHR procedures. They must be recognized and confirmed by international observers. They must be held in conditions that ensure free expression of will," Poroshenko said.
Hahn expects that local elections in eastern Ukraine will be free, open and transparent and be held in line with Ukrainian laws.
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