On 2 November 2014, illegitimate “leaders” of so called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” are going to hold “elections” in occupied territories of Donbas. In this context the Embassy would like to inform the following.
1. On September 16 2014, in strict compliance with Article 9 of Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014 the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the Law “On Interim Local Self-Government in Certain Districts of the Donestk and Luhansk Regions” as a legal ground for holding snap elections in the east of Ukraine. The Law sets the term for elections – 7 December 2014.
Minsk arrangements signed by the authorized representatives of Ukraine, OSCE and Russia provide for local voting according to this law as a part of a broader de-escalation process and an important step forward towards further inclusive national dialogue, which is also envisaged by the Minsk Protocol. Legitimate elites of the Donestk and Luhansk regions are expected to be elected in order to present interests of local population on the basis of a justified mandate.
The Constitution of Ukraine clearly defines Ukrainian Parliament as the only body authorized to set the date for local elections.
2. An intention to conduct the above-mentioned voting in November is a clear violation of the Constitution and national legislation of Ukraine and a direct infringement of the Minsk Protocol attested by militants holding responsibility for its obedience on their part.
Along with being answerable for legal norms violation and threatening national security of Ukraine, those responsible for organizing or supporting illegitimate elections are liable for ruining peaceful process and fueling tensions in the east of Ukraine. World democracies and esteemed international organizations have already defined their unequivocal stance on illegitimate vote: elections of so called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” on November 2 will be announced null and void.
So far, despite being a part to the Minsk Protocol, the Russian Federation did not raise its voice against peaceful arrangements’ violation. Moreover, Russia conveys unacceptable signals to militants encouraging them to follow illegitimate way of conducting pseudo elections. It clearly brings into question Russia’s goodwill and contradicts the logic of agreements being reached so far with Russia.
3. By supporting the pseudo elections on November 2 Russia shows disrespect for territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of Ukraine, which was agreed to be the basis for the sustainable peaceful settlement in Donbas.
4. The will of Ukrainian people residing in all its regions, including Donestk’s and Luhansk’s districts, to live in a united reforms-oriented Ukraine was vividly confirmed during the recent national parliamentary elections on October 26 2014. Almost every ballot casted in the east of Ukraine was in favor of political forces condemning separatism and striving to build better future for Ukrainian citizens in a sovereign independent state.
In Ukraine there is no social demand or national strive to divide the country. The idea of so called “Novorossia’s people” self-determination is artificial in its nature and a dubious product of blatant anti-Ukrainian propaganda. It has no historic background. It is not justified by modern realities. There is no any “Novorossia” nation or Novorossian ethnic group in Ukraine or wherever else in the world.