The so-called elections of the "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") terrorist organization in temporarily occupied Donbas, which were originally scheduled for autumn this year, have been postponed.
"The elections will not be held not to violate the Minsk agreements," a local resident Sergey said, whose name was changed for security reasons, the Ukrainian news outlet LIGA.net reports.
Another source added there were no pre-election billboards in the city. "There is nothing like that. They will do as they are told by Russia. Nothing depends on us here," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, military columnist Yuriy Karin said the Kremlin would likely appoint someone more convenient for further negotiations with Ukraine instead of head of the "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") terrorist organization Alexander Zakharchenko in September.
UNIAN note. Two self-proclaimed republics – the "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") and the "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") – were created as a result of Russian occupation of Ukraine's east, Donbas, since spring 2014. The Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, brokered by France and Germany, were signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the "DPR" and "LPR" in two stages – in September 2014 and in February 2015. They are designed to halt hostilities between the Ukrainian army and Russian-led forces in the east of Ukraine.