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 Donetsk Governor Zhebrivskyi: Situation in Donbas could deteriorate after UN General Assembly or fake elections

Head of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration Pavlo Zhebrivskyi does not rule out resumption of hostilities in the Donbas after fake elections in the so-called "DPR" on Oct. 18 or after General Assembly's session.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, he said this at a briefing on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kyiv.

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"I think that deterioration is possible not only on Oct. 18 but after General Assembly's session. If international community's reaction is strong enough, some serious hostilities are likely to resume in Ukraine," Zhebrivskyi said.

The governor calls the "elections" scheduled for Oct. 18 in the "DPR" a "test mode" because, he said, "DPR's" leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko announced that elections on the occupied territory should take place in several stages.

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Zhebrivskyi says that militants in the Donbas and Russia's future actions are contingent on how the international community will react to holding fake elections in the "DPR" and "LPR."

He notes that, according to his observations, the Kremlin is not going to relieve its grip on Ukraine and is aimed to at least create something similar to Transnistria on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and impose it on Ukraine with a view to preventing country's European integration efforts.

Speaking of holding local elections on Oct. 25 on the government-controlled territory of the Donbas, Zhebrivskyi said he would do his best to ensure maximum security and conduct the most transparent, fair and democratic elections.

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"But It will be difficult to attain, because today, Ukraine's oligarchs and powers-that-be tell their employees which candidate and which political force they should vote for. We try to interfere, but it will be difficult, for as long as there is monopolization of the economic, political and sociocultural segments (in the Donbas - ed.)" he resumes.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n352798