Elections in DPR, LPR could be held on February 21

The preliminary date set for the local elections in the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas is February 21, 2016, Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) negotiator at the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin has said.

The preliminary date set for the local elections in the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas is February 21, 2016, Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) negotiator at the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin has said.

"The estimated election date is February 21. This is the timing to allow Ukraine to really implement the Minsk agreements, not imitating it. In the meantime, Ukraine must implement the Minsk agreement increasingly. This is a preliminary date heard by the 'Normandy format'. The precise date will be available upon receiving the results of work of the political subgroup," Pushilin told reporters on Oct. 9.

At the next stage, provided that Ukraine is implementing the Minsk Agreements, the elections will be held in a broader format, he said.

"At the next stage, if this is agreed at the level of necessary documents, these won't be elections of mayors and heads of districts only. We will be voting for all people's deputies as well," Pushilin said.

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