Poroshenko: Pseudo-elections in Donbas can disrupt Minsk accords
"Fake elections that the Russian proxies plan to hold in the occupied territories of Donbas can disrupt the Minsk agreements," he said at a meeting of the War Cabinet of the National Security and Defense Council.
The presidential press service reports that the participants are discussing the situation in Donbas and coordination of further action at the War Cabinet.
According to Poroshenko, taking into account the growing number of militant attacks on the Ukrainian army positions in the Anti-Terrorist Operation area, it is necessary to define a strategy, to agree and coordinate further actions.
"We need to clearly define a plan to strengthen defense in case of escalation of the conflict," the president said.
Poroshenko also drew attention to the need to strengthen interaction with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine and the effective operation of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in order to create the conditions for uninterrupted monitoring of the ceasefire and prevent cases of non-admission of the OSCE monitors to the areas where heavy weaponry and artillery are located after withdrawal from the contact line.
The head of state also reminded that the talks of the Tripartite Liaison Group ended in Minsk on Monday, August 3, where Ukraine was proposed a plan to withdraw 100mm caliber artillery systems, tanks and rocket-propelled grenades at a distance of 15 km.
"This is a weapon, which the enemy has used against the Ukrainian troops in recent weeks - as long as this week they began to use large-caliber artillery," Poroshenko said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic militant organization Ihor Plotnytskiy declared the so-called local elections in Luhansk region to be held on November 1, 2015.
In turn, Aleksandr Zakharchenko announced that the "local elections" in the Donetsk People’s Republic militant organization would be held on October 18, 2015 in accordance with Ukrainian legislation.