Terrorists' "local elections" will dramatically undermine de-escalation process, - Poroshenko

Attempts of the terrorists to hold elections in occupied territories of the Donbas will signify violation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko said this on Thursday at a press conference.

"Attempts to hold illegal elections on Oct. 18, which are not in line with the Ukrainian legislation and criteria of the OSCE, would be a tough attack of Russia at the Minsk agreements reached on Feb. 12, 2015. I am sure it would be extremely irresponsible and would have devastating consequences for the process of deescalation in some areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Poroshenko said.

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He noted that these statements about the so-called elections do not belong to the terrorists so far. "If these statements are approved by the Russian Federation, we unfortunately will get very dangerous and unpleasant precedents," Poroshenko stressed.

"When was the September 2014 Minsk Protocol attacked? Nov. 2, 2014, when Russian authorities held fake, illegal elections in the occupied territories, which destroyed all the progress and prospects that had been developed for the implementation of the Minsk process," the head of state resumed.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n342349