Poroshenko: Donbas election to take place "when Russians stop killing Ukrainians"

14:56, 10 July 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says local elections in Donbas will take place only when Russian troops leave Ukraine territory.

Poroshenko has named a condition for local elections in Donbas / Photo from UNIAN

"[It will happen] when Russians stop killing Ukrainians, as soon as the Russian occupation forces are withdrawn from Ukrainian territory," he said at a briefing after talks amid the Warsaw NATO Summit on Saturday, answering a question from Russian journalists of Russia's propagandist Rossiya TV Channel about when the local election in Donbas could be held.

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