U.S. State Department condemns announced "elections" in Donbas
Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert has said the United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct "elections" in the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics."
"The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct 'elections' in the so-called 'Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.' Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements. By engineering phony procedures, Russia is once more demonstrating its disregard for international norms and is undermining efforts to achieve peace in eastern Ukraine. The so-called 'people's republics' that Russia created have no place within the Ukrainian constitutional order," Nauert said in a press statement.
"The United States remains fully committed to diplomatic efforts to resolve the Russia-instigated conflict in eastern Ukraine. U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity remains unwavering," she said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the so-called "People's Council of the Donetsk People's Republic" on Friday appointed Denis Pushilin acting head of the unrecognized "DPR." Moreover, it was announced the elections in the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") and "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") would be held on November 11.