Ukraine calls on the West to increase sanctions against Russia because of ' forthcoming elections' in Donbas

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine called on international partners to increase pressure on Russia in connection with the intention of the Russian administration in the Donbas to hold "extraordinary elections" in the Donbas, stated the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 “In connection with the reports in the Russian media about the intention of the Russian occupation administration to hold so-called ‘extraordinary elections’ of militant leaders and their illegitimate representatives in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that such actions by the Kremlin grossly violate the obligations of the Russian Federation as a party to the Minsk agreements,”  reads the statement of  the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign  Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry noted that the results of the "elections" will not be recognized either by Ukraine or the international community.

"The provocative actions of the Russian Federation can nullify the persistent international efforts to resolve the situation", added the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 “We call on our international partners to give a clear assessment of these actions by the Kremlin and increase the political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including by means of imposing additional sanctions to force Russia to return to the fulfillment of its obligations,” the statement said.

Earlier on Friday, it became known that the pro-Russian authorities of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics set the date for the “elections” on November 11.

  Ukraine, West, Russia, Donbas