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 Poroshenko on sham elections: Militants' fantasies and blackmail may cause new sanctions against Moscow

President Poroshenko condemned the new plans of militants to hold fake elections on Ukraine's occupied territory in 2016.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainska Pravda, he said this during a meeting with a delegation of the U.S. Congress represented by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Richard Durbin, and Elizabeth Warren. The head of state informed the American side about the situation in the Donbas. Poroshenko stressed the absence of positive signals and gains as for ensuring a full access for OSCE monitors as well as regarding release of the hostages and Ukrainians illegally held in Russia.

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He also condemned the plans of the leaders of the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" to hold local fake elections in 2016. According to the president, the date of local elections will be determined after the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of an appropriate law pursuant to Ukraine's legislation and the standards of the OSCE/ODIHR. "Militants' fantasies and blackmail may cause new sanctions against Moscow," Poroshenko warned.

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The president encouraged the United States and Ukraine's partners in Europe to take every effort to ensure an unambiguous and strict implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia and militants. "The Kremlin should understand that any violation of the Minsk agreements and cease-fire will make it pay yet bigger price. The transatlantic solidarity and response have to bring effect," Poroshenko stated.
 
 
 
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