German observer: unprecedented turnout in Donbass

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Long lines after 22:00 in Alchevsk (Rusvesna)


Yesterday’s elections in Donbass had unprecedented for Europe turnout, said the German observer Johann Ewald Stadler from the party “Reforms and conservatives”.

“I would like to say I have never in my life seen so many people voting. Some people waited more than an hour to vote. For Europe this is unprecedented – at elections in Europe no one wil wait more than five minutes.”

“From the European media I received information according to which here people are oppressed and intimidated, but here we saw the opposite: people are very friendly, all very friendly, even relaxed, very kind, and to imagine that this is happening in conditions of a civil war is impossible. And we can say that the Ukrainian government made a mistake of not welcoming the demands these people.”

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“Ukraine has lost not only votes, but also the hearts of the people of Donetsk, which will never return back to Ukraine,” he said.

Stadler also commented on the statement of the SBU that foreign observers will now be declared persona non grata.

“Really? Well, for me this is not news, because I’ve been on the black list, so this is not news. I already got there after the referendum in Crimea. But believe me, it doesn’t keep me up at night. I’m not the first who got on the black list, and not the last,” said the German observer.

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