Moscow has instructed the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (DPR-LPR) to postpone the local “elections” that were scheduled for October 18 and November 1 in that Russian-controlled territory of Ukraine. Those elections would have been staged separately from Ukraine’s own local elections, which are scheduled to be held country-wide on October 25.
Germany and France (negotiating with Russia over Ukraine in the “Normandy” forum) are expressing relief over the Kremlin’s seemingly constructive move to postpone the DPR-LPR’s unilateral elections (Deutsche Welle, Agence France Presse, October 7).
Berlin and Paris were aghast at the possibility that the DPR-LPR would hold elections …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation