Russian idea to give terrorists the status of deputies of local councils will not work
A separate law must be adopted in order to hold elections in Donbas. "But there are very strict conditions" for holding of these elections, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated during a weekly programme "Ten Minutes with the Prime Minister".
"With regard to the elections in Donbas that is temporarily controlled by Russian gangsters and terrorists: of course, elections should be held there. And for this purpose, it is necessary to pass a separate law. But there are very clear conditions for elections to be held in Donbas," he highlighted.
The first one is that "no one will hold elections at the point of Russian automatic rifles": "They must leave the territory of Ukraine and implement the Minsk deal," Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined.
"One and a half million of internally displaced persons registered in Ukraine must be allowed to vote in these elections and elect those who will represent local authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk," emphasized the Prime Minister.
The third condition, according to him, is such elections must be held strictly in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the high standards of fair and transparent elections.
"The fourth - we must ensure political competition in Donetsk and Luhansk both through mass media access to these territories and allowing all Ukrainian political parties to take part in these elections and send their candidates there," he said.
"A Russian idea to legalize this enclave through elections and give terrorists the status of deputies of local councils will not work", Arseniy Yatsenyuk summed up.