Early parliamentary elections out of question, Ukraine's president says

Early parliamentary elections are pushed for exclusively by Russia and therefore no dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada will happen.

President Petro Poroshenko said speaking on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1920, Censor.NET reports citing LIGA.net.

"During the four years of the Ukrainian national revolution of the last century, the power changed in Kyiv for at least 14 times. Who benefited from these changes except for the Kremlin that took total control of Ukraine for 70 years?" he said.

According to Poroshenko, Russia is now seeking similar pace of power transition in Ukraine.

"Russia has always benefited from the advantages of democratic systems in neighboring states in order to absorb them, starting from the times of Novhorod and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and ending with Central Europe in the years of the Second World War," the president recalled.

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According to him, the swinging of the situation in Ukraine from the inside is one of the elements of the Kremlin's hybrid war.

"Since, in accordance with the Constitution, the decision on early parliamentary elections and the dissolution of the parliament is taken exclusively by the president of Ukraine, I want to once again underscore: I will not support early parliamentary elections so ardently sought by Russia, they just won't happen," Poroshenko said.

He added he had already passed his halfway point as president, and that the Verkhovna Rada was approaching it: "Not so much time is left before the planned elections."

As reported, Ukraine's next parliamentary elections are to be held in 2019.
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