During a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, the aim of which was to find a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Ukraine raised the question about the possibility of abolition of the “quasi-state structures” of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO). This was said by Daria Olifer, who is the press secretary of the Group’s Ukrainian representative, Leonid Kuchma.
“It is impossible to hold elections on a territory that is not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and where there are 40,000 foreign troops as well as a large number of weapons. On a separate note, Ukraine raised the question of the abolition of fake quasi state bodies that have been created in ORDLO since 2014. In particular, we are talking about the abolition of the results of the pseudo elections which were held on the 2nd of November 2014,” Olifer posted on her Facebook page.
The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, has postponed its local elections, which were scheduled for the 6th of November.
“The decision is to postpone the election of the first local heads, the date for which (the 6th of November 2016) was set by the decree of the head of the LPR on the 22nd of July 2016, № 418/01/07/16. It will be postponed until the head of the LPR makes separate decisions on the date for their implementation,” a decree published on Plotnitsky's website state. The decree came into force on the date of its publication.
The head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has indefinitely postponed the local elections, which were scheduled to be held before the 6th of November. This was reported by the official information portal of the DPR, with reference to their official document.