Elections in Occupied Territory Possible After Troop Withdrawals -Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said elections could be possible after troop withdrawals
Local elections in the occupied areas of Donbas would need to be held in accordance with Ukrainian laws, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“I will comment on the possibility of holding elections in the occupied territories only after we agree in the Normandy Format… All the conditions are stipulated in the Minsk agreements. We are preparing a plan for our conversation. We are now negotiating a date, and then our society will find out all the details,” Zelensky said at a joint briefing with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Kyiv.
Zelensky said that it’s necessary to solve a number of difficult issues before holding the elections, namely the release of hostages, the withdrawal of troops in Zolote and Petrivske, and then along the entire 400-kilometer contact line.
“And only after will we be able to talk about the format of elections in the occupied territories. If we want to think – and I believe that every Ukrainian thinks that Donbas is Ukraine – then local elections must be held there. However, they must be held in accordance with Ukrainian laws,” Zelensky said.