Planned separatists-organized elections in Ukraine are not legitimate – US Department of State

The United States Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt posts on his official Twitter that Minsk Agreements call for local elections in Eastern Ukraine to be conducted under Ukrainian law and international observation:


Minsk Agreement requires that elections in eastern Ukraine be held within OSCE standards and monitored by ODIHR, Geoffrey Pyatt retweeted:


As delivered by US Ambassador to OSCE Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna (September 17, 2015), on separatist-organized “elections” in eastern Ukraine:


“We look to Russia to condemn Aleksandr Zakharchenko’s misguided statement yesterday suggesting that he will attempt to stage sham polls on October 18. While such an act of political theater will have no legal legitimacy or impact, it would constitute a repeated effort by Russia, through its proxies, to derail implementation of Minsk, as they did last year with similar polls.”

“Finally, Russia must release political prisoners and detainees, including Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, and Oleksander Kolchenko, as it committed to do when it signed the Minsk agreements. We call on Russia to end the ongoing abuses by occupying authorities of members of the Tatar community and of other ethnic and religious minority members. And it must end without delay its occupation of Crimea, under which Russian authorities continue to fail in their obligations as an occupying power to protect the human rights of Ukrainian citizens living there.”

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