Rada chairman Parubiy on vote in Donbas: Impossible now

20:57, 13 February 2017
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Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, Andriy Parubiy has said local elections in Donbas are impossible and are out of the question while Russian troops are there, according to Espreso.TV.

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"Even hypothetical debates about the elections in Donbas are unfeasible until the Russian military are in Ukraine," he said during a press briefing in Lviv region, Espreso.TV said.

"Whether it is possible to hold elections in Donbas... I think this issue is premature today. Russian troops are in territory of Ukraine and attack our positions every day," Parubiy said.

Read alsoPACE monitoring committee backs Ukraine resolution amendment on elections in occupied Donbas – mediaIn addition, he said that the government's main tasks include the protection of the borders, the extension of international sanctions against Russia and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian territory.

"Only then the debates on that can continue... As of now, there are no such bills in the Verkhovna Rada, and they are not planned to be considered," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian side will defend its position that elections in Donbas are possible only after the withdrawal of Russian forces.

"In a spontaneous debate that recently erupted with our partners, we have once again emphasized clearly that the political provisions of the Minsk agreements could be implemented only after the obvious and undeniable progress in terms of security," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commented on this issue.

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