Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine names terms of holding elections in Donbas
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Hug Mingarelli says local elections in certain Russian-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be held if the Ukrainian political parties and media are free to participate in the campaign, according to his interview with UNIAN.
"Local elections can be held when the conditions are right to conduct elections according to OSCE criteria. This means that the Ukrainian political parties must be able to present candidates and to campaign, and Ukrainian media should be able as well to participate in the campaign," Mingarelli said expressing his position regarding the assumption of German ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel that elections in Donbas are possible in the presence of Russian troops.
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"And then, on this basis, progressively, Ukraine should regain control of this territories with the help of international community," he added.
Mingarelli went on to say that the European Union intends to take an active part in the reconstruction of Donbas.
"We would like to be at the forefront of the reconstruction of the social and economic infrastructure in Donbas once there is a political solution," he said.