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 US welcomes postponement of illegal election in Donbas, calls for full access for OSCE, - US Department of State

Washington welcomes reports that Russia-backed separatists of the Donbas postponed another round of illegal elections in eastern Ukraine and started to withdraw weapons.

This was announced by Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Mark Toner, Censor.NET reports the authority's official website.

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"The United States welcomes reports that Russia-backed separatists postponed another round of illegal elections in eastern Ukraine. People living in the separatist-controlled areas deserve to pick their local officials in elections that meet international standards, are compliant with Ukrainian law, and monitored by the OSCE as called for in the Minsk agreements," Toner stressed.

The spokesperson also noted that it is important that all parties to the conflict grant full access to the OSCE observers.

"We also note OSCE reports that Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists have begun to withdraw additional heavy weaponry - weapons, rather, from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, as they agreed by - as agreed by the trilateral contact group of Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE. This will further support the ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons and fighters from Ukraine as stipulated in the Minsk agreements. Much work clearly remains, but it is - and it is crucial that the OSCE be granted full access, including at the international border," Toner said.

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