State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner reiterated at a press briefing Friday, April 29, what Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland said in Kyiv earlier in the week - that the U.S. has not set a specific deadline for when elections happen in eastern Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing VOA.
Toner said that the U.S. is more concerned that Minsk require sufficient security and monitor access and that candidates have the ability to get their names on the ballot, and that citizens are able to hear from candidates before elections are held in the Donbass region.
A Ukrainian lawmaker said after meeting Nuland earlier in the week that she was setting a July deadline for the elections, which Nuland categorically denied.
The level of violence observed in eastern Ukraine since the cease-fire went into effect in September has been an issue of concern for the U.S., Toner said. The Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe blames separatists for most of the 30,000 violations in April alone.
A conflict of such proportions in part of Ukraine's sovereign territory is certainly "destabilizing" to say the least, Toner added. The U.S. calls on Russia and the separatists that it supports to fully comply and observe the cease-fire, Toner said.
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