Zakharchenko: Donetsk will hold elections in 2017 whether Ukraine likes it or not

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November 7, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

PolitNavigator – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

The Donbass republics no longer intend to tolerate Kiev’s sabotage of the Minsk Agreements, and local elections will be held in the DPR in 2017 whether Ukraine likes it or not. This was stated by DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko during an open meeting with citizens of the republic. 

Zakharchenko stated: 

“As is known, the accusations are constantly brought up at Minsk meetings against us for allegedly not being capable of holding elections independently. But we held primaries. What did this give us? Firstly, we checked our forces and were ourselves shocked by such a high turnout. We showed that we are capable of ensuring security and independently holding elections without the involvement of foreign forces. The whole world saw this. This was a response to the West and its accusations. 

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We gave the people the opportunity to say: we want this person, or that one, or this one. The people who won command high respect and will be considered as candidates for the upcoming local elections.

As for the holding of local elections, in Minsk a number of decisions were adopted which we, like Ukraine, are supposed to fulfill. That Ukraine is not fulfilling the Minsk Agreements is on its conscience. But if we don’t fulfill Minsk, then we are charged for this, which is unacceptable.

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Insofar as Kiev did not adopt number of legislative bills, we postponed the elections. Of course, we will not indefinitely postpone elections. I think that in 2017 we will either hold these elections in line with Minsk Agreements or hold them independently. The quality of the primaries demonstrated, that we aren’t afraid of local elections. In any case, victory will be ours – both military and political.” 

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