• US Ambassador to Ukraine called the condition of holding elections in the Donbass

  • US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch said that the elections in the Donbas can be held only after the breeding of the conflicting parties and providing security in the region. On Wednesday, November 2, she said in an interview with Ukrainian edition of "Radio Liberty".

    "It is worth Recalling the agreement on the breeding of forces and means on the three parts of the contact line. This is a very debatable issue for Ukraine, but if you have the opportunity to take strength from each other, the less likely that they will face in battle. This is one of our first steps," said Jovanovic.

    She recalled that the decision on the ceasefire in the South-East of Ukraine was taken over two years ago, but not still in effect.

    Kiev and the militia have been accusing each other of violating the ceasefire. In September the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the South-East of Ukraine signed the document on the breeding of the conflicting parties in the Donbass. The agreement involves the establishment of three security zones, with a minimum size of 2 by 2 kilometres each, it was about the settlements of gold, petrivs'ke and Stanytsia Luhanska. However, the process once again stalled.

    In February 2015, the leaders of "Norman Quartet" (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) in the capital of Belarus signed a "Complex of measures on implementation of Minsk agreements". In the document, in particular, stipulates a ceasefire, the implementation in Ukraine of the constitutional reform, the holding of elections in the Donbass, and the legislative recognition of the special status of the region. Kiev, however, under any pretext, still refused to fulfill the political part of the agreement.

    http://lenta.ru

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