Ukraine reiterates conditions for holding elections in occupied Donbas
The Ukrainian President's Office has named conditions that must be met for local elections to be held in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, now being occupied by Russia-led forces.
That's according to a statement by the press service of the President's Office issued following a regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, and OSCE) on Donbas settlement held via video conference Wednesday.
Within the political subgroup, it was emphasized that a complete and comprehensive ceasefire is a basic prerequisite for political settlement.
"Elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine are possible only under the following conditions: after a comprehensive de-escalation, withdrawal of foreign military units and equipment, disarmament of illegal armed groups, and restoring Ukrainian government control over the Ukrainian-Russian border," the statement reads.
Elections must be held exclusively in accordance with Ukrainian legislation, the Office said, adding that they must also be in line with the OSCE Copenhagen standards.