MOSCOW, November 11 – RIA News. The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, said that in response to the holding of elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, international sanctions would be strengthened.

Information stand at one of the polling stations in Lugansk. Archival photo
German politician noted the legality of international observers in the LC and the DPR

“And we are already working on this with our partners,” he wrote in his microblog on Twitter.

In the video message, the head of the Foreign Ministry called the planned elections a “crime against Ukraine”.

“Of course, crimes will definitely be punished, of course, in the form of sanctions,” he stressed.

The minister also accused Russia of not wanting peace, and urged residents of Donbass not to participate in the voting. He added that the votes of local residents will be important when the elections are held by the Kiev authorities.

Elections in the Donbass

Ballot box at a polling station in Lugansk. Archival photo
In the LPR, they thanked the international observers who came to the polls.

Elections of the heads of the self-proclaimed republics and deputies are scheduled for Sunday, November 11. Kiev stated that their results did not recognize, in the EU and the USA they are also considered illegitimate.

Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev is waiting for the reaction of the "big seven", partners from the EU, the United States and Canada for the elections. He also urged residents of Donbass not to take part in them.

The SBU opened a criminal case "on the fact of organizing illegal elections in the temporarily occupied territories."

As previously stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the elections in the Donbass do not run counter to the Minsk agreements.



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