Ukraine ready for dialogue with Donbas residents, but not with "fake puppets" – FM Prystaiko
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said Ukraine is ready for a dialogue with Donbas residents, but not with the fake puppets, so-called "representatives."
"We are ready for a dialogue with Donbas residents, but not with the fake puppets, so-called 'representatives.' This dialogue must be inclusive with all those, who are temporarily displaced from Donbas within Ukraine. The voice of those internally displaced persons should also be heard in Minsk," he said at the UN General Assembly plenary meeting on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
Prystaiko also said the government was ready to hold local elections on the whole territory of Ukraine.
"We look forward to holding local elections on the whole territory of Ukraine. However, without basic security and political prerequisites the people of Donbas, including those who were forced to flee their homes, will not have a chance to make their democratic choice at the elections, which should be certified as legitimate by Ukraine and by the international community, based on the existing and recognized standards," he said.