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 Militants came up with ultimatum breaching Minsk agreements, - Bezsmertnyi

The representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have put forward an ultimatum intended to disrupt any further dialogue.

This was announced by Ukraine's representative to political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Roman Bezsmertnyi to Ukrainska Pravda.

"During political subgroup meeting, the representatives of our counterpart came up with a document, which I would call an ultimatum. The OSCE representatives took it as an ultimatum," he said. Bezsmertnyi noted that "the most unpleasant about the document was the fact that they want to hold elections on Oct. 18 (certain areas of the Donetsk region) and Nov. 1 (certain areas of the Luhansk region).

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"At the same time, they intend to hold elections, ignoring the law of Ukraine and following their own regulations and rules," Bezsmertnyi said.

"And Ukraine has to settle four issues: enact the law on the special order of local self-government, accept the terms of elections as proposed by the representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, adopt and implement the law on amnesty, and revote the amendments to Ukraine's Constitution in compliance with their vision," he said.

"Only then will they agree to hold elections on Feb. 21," Bezsmertnyi stated.

"I want to emphasize that everything the group had been doing before the announcement was intended to avoid any elections on the occupied territories in October and November this year, because they actually disrupt any further dialogue. Therefore, the Ukrainian side took today's announcement as an ultimatum. The OSCE representatives took it in the same way," Bezsmertnyi said.

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