Ukraine has urged the European Union not to accept pro-Russian rebels carving out a de facto state in the east of the country, warning it could destabilize Europe.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also urged Moscow to dissuade separatists from holding their own elections in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk next month.
Speaking to Reuters on October 8, Klimkin said local people would do better to vote in local elections organized by Kyiv in December.
Klimkin said "fake elections" organized by the rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk would reinforce impressions that eastern Ukraine is becoming a long-term "frozen conflict" like the Moscow-backed breakaway regions of Transdniester in Moldova or Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia.
Klimkin was speaking in Brussels, where he and other senior Ukrainian officials met EU and NATO counterparts.