KYIV (QHA) -

The holding of elections in the occupied territories of the Donbas, which the militants of the terrorist "DPR" and "LPR" planned for the autumn, are illegitimate, according to the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiation Kurt Volker.

“Following the logic of the Minsk agreements and the logic of the returning of this territory under the control of Ukraine, these formations should disappear. Therefore, holding elections is illegitimate not only in the light of the security situation, but also because it is a kind of formation that should not exist. When there is guaranteed security there, only then elections of mayors, regional administrations, etc. will be held,” Volker stated.

Volker went on saying that he doubted the progress in resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine in the coming months.

“I think that the Russians, obviously, have decided not to make any efforts for the peace yet, but rather wait for the results of the elections in Ukraine.”

Earlier, Denis Pushkin, who was the "head of the People's Council of the DPR", became the Acting Head of the so-called DPR. Elections of "heads" and "members of the people's council" of militants are scheduled on November 11.

Previously, on August 31 the head of the militants of "Donetsk people’s Republic" Aleksandr Zakharchenko died in Donetsk as a result of an explosion in a café “Separ”. During the explosion "Minister of Taxes and Income of the DPR" Aleksandr Timofeyev was also injured.

Source: DW

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