Donbas conflict: A group of Ukrainian lawmakers slams possible elections in Donbas

17:19 Oct. 21, 2016

A group of Ukrainian lawmakers slams possible elections in Donbas

'Eurooptimists' meet with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch (photo source: facebook.com/EuroOptimists)

Elections not possible without ‘demilitarization, de-occupation and the full restoration of Ukraine sovereignty', interfactional union ‘EuroOptimists' say

Ukrainian lawmakers from a Parliamentary interfactional union ‘EuroOptimists' have released a statement on the Minsk agreements, saying that any elections in Donbas are impossible without ‘demilitarization, de-occupation and the full restoration of Ukraine sovereignty' in the separatist-held territories.

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The statement arrived just after the Normandy Four leaders agreed to draw up a road map for Donbas, which includes holding a local election in the future when the conditions for it are provided.

The idea of any elections in the volatile region is often criticized by Ukrainian politicians, which puts Petro Poroshenko in a difficult situation, since the political steps, listed in the Minsk, must be approved by the Ukrainian Parliament.

‘The political part of the Minsk agreements is formulated as a recipe for the settlement of an alleged civil conflict in eastern Ukraine, while the whole world has recognized that certain areas of Donbas as well as Crimea are seized by the Russian Federation. So we are convinced, that the Minsk deal could only provoke a civil war instead of stopping the Russian aggression', the statement says, according to the official Facebook page of the association.

The lawmakers say they won't accept Russian military vehicles and weapons in the conflict zone. They insist on full withdrawal of Russian troops from eastern Ukraine.

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The ‘EuroOptimists' say the issues of Donbas and Crimea mustn't be separated, and the fact that political and legal situation in Ukraine must not be connected to the Russian aggression.   

The interfactional union of the ‘EuroOptimists' consists of more than 20 lawmakers, who gained popularity after the Euromaidan Revolution, from the Ukrainian political parties, presented in the Parliament. Among them are the Petro Poroshenko bloc, People's Front, Samopomich and Batkivschyna. 

Source: Facebook (in Ukrainian) 

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