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 Our position is very clear. You have to have security first before you can have elections, - US Ambassador in Ukraine Yovanovitch

The disengagement of troops and hardware of the conflict parties in the Donbas will enhance security, which is required for elections in the Donbas.

This was stated by the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in an interview to Radio Svoboda, Censor.NET reports.

"Our position is very clear. You have to have security first before you can have elections. And there is no way you can have elections if the situation isn't secure. As we've seen, the cease-fire agreements that have been put in place over the last couple of years have not held, and unfortunately this most recent cease-fire seems not to be holding either. So, it's really important that security be stabilized in the region," the diplomat said.

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"And one of the ways to do that is to build confidence, and so, there is an issue of disengagements spots…the three disengagement spots…I know this is a very controversial issue here in Ukraine. But it is one of the ways…if you can pull forces further away from each other, then it is less likely they will engage in fighting. And so I think that's the very first step for the population, and for the political process to establish security," Yovanovitch said.
 
 
 
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