Any attempts at fake elections in Donbas would mean complete breach of Minsk agreements, - Yatseniuk

Ukraine has fulfilled its part of the Minsk agreements, and any attempts at shifting responsibility on Kyiv are groundless and unacceptable.

This was stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk after a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw, Censor.NET reports citing the Cabinet press service.

He recalled the key requirements of the Minsk agreements. Firstly, it is cease-fire, "It is not observed. Sometimes, the attacks abate, but resume in a while."

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"Secondly, it is withdrawal of Russian militants and terrorists from the territory of Ukraine. Not only removal of equipment or weapons, but withdrawal of regular Russian troops and militants from the Ukrainian territory. Thirdly, we have to restore control over the Ukrainian state border, in order for these criminals not to return," he stressed.

Yatseniuk also said that elections in Ukraine and in general "on the Ukrainian territory, including Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea," should be held only in accordance with international standards and the OSCE criteria.

"We addressed the OSCE and the ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - ed.) to tell us whether it is possible to hold fair and transparent elections there. How can one go to a polling station and vote at the barrel of a Russian machine gun? It is unreal," the head of Ukraine's government stated.

"Any attempts of the Russian Federation - as there are Russian mercenaries in Donetsk and Luhansk - to carry out any illegal elections on this territories would mean a complete breach of the Minsk agreements," Yatseniuk said.

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The prime minister praised Poland's position regarding its support of Ukraine, as well as the unity of the European Union and the United States on the issue of sanctions against the Russian Federation: "We and all civilized world require to observe the Minsk agreements - cease fire and stop killing Ukrainians, withdraw Russian troops and regain control over the border. Then, this crisis brought by Russia and this military aggression will stop."

Yatseniuk also said that Russia is interested in destabilizing the situation in the whole world: "The consequences of destabilization are familiar not only to Ukraine, but even to Europe. We understand you better than anyone, now when hundreds of thousands of migrants from war zones are seeking asylum in the EU. Because through Russia's military aggression we have 1.5 million of internally displaced persons who are to be provided with jobs, wages, pensions and housing."

"This means that we have to manage these challenges together," Yatseniuk resumed.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n351183