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Separatists in Ukraine to hold local elections in October

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Prime Minister of the Pro-Russian self proclamed Peoples Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko

The top rebel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic announced on July 2 an initiative to hold local elections aimed at establishing a semi-autonomous status within the united territory of Ukraine.

Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) noted the October 18 vote would be conducted «on the basis of Ukrainian law (..) in the parts where it does not contradict the constitution and law» of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Eastern Ukrainian insurgents and Ukraine don’t agree on the implementation of a peace deal in February on the requirement for the two sides to hold immediate consultations about elections that could be conducted in rebel-seized parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions before the end of the year.

The separatists have also previously threatened to ban any local official who backs Kyivs’s rule from running for any office, AFP reports.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has commented saying that such steps would have ruinous consequences on attempts to de-escalate the situation: «I believe that attempts to conduct illegal elections that do not correspond to Ukrainian laws… will amount to a harsh Russian attack on Minsk II».

Zakharchenko’s announcement came a day after Poroshenko proposed new constitutional amendments that failed to include the rebels’ temporary right to self-rule agreed in Minsk.

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