German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the French state, chief Emmanuel Macron have condemned the elections in the rebel regions in Eastern Ukraine as illegitimate. After a Meeting in Paris with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko she shared, “so-called elections” would undermine practice, the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Angela Merkel and Macron recalled the responsibility of all sides of the conflict in Ukraine to respect the cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the Minsk agreement be fully implemented. You also expressly for the exchange of detainees and the release of political prisoners.
prior to the election, the US and the EU had announced the results in Kiev, the separatist regions not recognizing. The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, described the vote as “illegal and illegitimate”, the US special envoy Kurt Volker spoke of a “Farce”. The German government had called on the separatists to refrain from the elections. The Ukrainian government in Kiev called them sham elections. In Russia, the elections were presented as legal: they are not contrary to the agreement of Minsk, BelTA learned from the Kremlin.
In the East of Ukraine had on Sunday called on Pro-Russian separatists for the election of parliaments and presidents. In Luhansk and Donetsk citizens were called to cast their votes. It is expected that Leonid Pasetschnik, the head of the government of the self-proclaimed people’s Republic of Luhansk, Denis Puschilin, headed by the internationally not-recognised Donetsk people’s Republic, to be confirmed in office.
“We can not only lead to war,”
The turnout in the vote on the heads of the self-proclaimed people’s republics, respectively, about 70 percent, according to the rebels. In the regions around 3.7 million people. In Donetsk Puschilin said after the election: “We have shown the whole world that we can lead not only to war but also a state building.” After the counting of about one-third of the votes was assumed that Pasetschnik and Puschilin remain in office.
In the spring of 2014 have terminated the administrative territories of Donetsk and Luhansk by the government of the Ukraine. Since then, the Ukrainian government is fighting in Eastern Ukraine forces against Pro-Russian rebels, who are supported by the government in Moscow. According to UN counts, so far, more than 10,000 people were killed.