Denis Pushilin’s statement on inadmissibility of pressure from Ukraine due to upcoming elections in DPR

Recently, the Republics and the Minsk Contact Group have been subjected to all kinds of pressure due to the upcoming parliamentary elections and election of the DPR and the LPR Heads.

I officially declare: we will not pay attention to provocations and pressure. The order of preparation, timing and specifics of the election will be determined by us. The source of power in the DPR is the people, and its highest expression is free elections. These and other principles are enshrined in the DPR Constitution, and, therefore, must be realized. The Donbass people themselves will decide when and how to conduct elections, as well as choose those who are worthy of representing their interests at the highest state posts.

As for the Ukrainian authorities, they should take care of consolidating the law on the special status of the Donbass on an ongoing basis. The law is valid for one year (adopted in October 2017), which is why the term of its validity will soon come to an end. We reminded the Ukrainian party of this again today.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Representative of the DPR to the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk

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