Pressure from Trans-Atlantic vectors in the City of London and Wall Street have become increasingly pronounced surrounding public and media attention relating both to Armistice Day and the elections in Donbass. Sunday’s elections in the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, said French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a joint statement.
Nevertheless, the elections were, from the perspective of turnout and democratic procedures, a success.
The election had an attendance rate of 80.1% in Donetsk and 77% in Lugansk.
“Making these so-called elections is undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” The statement also says that the vote is “illegitimate and illegal” and that it “is not in accordance with the spirit of the Minsk Accords and with the declaration of Heads of State and Government of the countries of the Normandy Quartet.”
Merkel and Macron stressed that the elections in the territories, which are controlled by the Donbass militia, should be carried out in accordance with the Minsk agreements, the standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Ukrainian legislation.
Ukrainian officials have already said they will not recognize the results of the election, while the Kremlin has pointed out that the vote would not violate the Minsk accords.
The elections of the leaders and deputies in the RPD and RPL are held for the second time. The first took place in November 2014 after the start of the conflict in Donbass.
In the region of Donbass, observers from several countries arrived, including from Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Russia.
Lugansk’s presidential elections include four candidates, including the current interim head of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk, Leonid Pasechnik, as well as Natalia Sergun, Lydmila Rusnak and Oleg Koval.
The leadership of the Donetsk is disputed by five candidates: the interim leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (RPD), Denis Pushilin, Roman Evstifeev, Vladimir Medvedev, Roman Khramenkov and Elena Shishkina.
The decision to hold elections was made after the assassination of the leader of the Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, on August 31, 2018.