Elections in occupied Donbas possible even before Ukraine retakes control of border, - German Ambassador Reichel

Subject to certain conditions, elections in occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) are possible prior to regaining control over the Ukrainian section of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, according to German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel.

Elections are possible if the freedom of expression is guaranteed to the people in the Donbas, Reichel told journalists in Kharkiv on Wednesday.

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He noted that a formula proposed by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier provides for the order according to which the Verkhovna Rada passes a law on elections in ORDLO. After that, elections are held and the OSCE concludes if they comply with the European standards.

According to the diplomat, if elections fail to meet standards, the adopted law will not take effect.

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