Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that new local elections in Donbas should be held when conditions for their holding meet OSCE requirements.
He announced this in an interview on 1+1 TV Channel on Friday.
"We're doing our best to restore Ukrainian sovereignty to bring Ukrainian authority back onto those territories. The key element of the specific character of local self-government should be new elections, which must be held when conditions for their holding meet OSCE requirements. They should be free, they should be democratic, all foreign armed formations should be withdrawn from those territories. Ukrainian television and radio broadcasting should be restored there; political parties should start working there again, a full-scale election campaign and the presence of foreign observers should be ensured there. And as a result, the Ukrainian authorities will in turn guarantee special powers of self-government," the president said.