Kuchma: There cannot be elections in the Donbas until the Minsk Agreements are implemented

The second President of Ukraine and the representative of Ukraine in Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, reiterated that elections cannot be held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics until the Minsk Agreements are implemented.

During an interview with journalists in Kiev, Kuchma highlighted the need to come to a resolution on the issue of security, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“I stated at the last meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group that the talks about some sort of elections and political reform should be stopped until the whole set of issues on security is resolved. Firstly, we should implement the paragraphs of the Minsk Protocol and only then think about elections,” he said.  

According to Kuchma, the elections can’t be held in the Donbas until Ukraine gains full control of its borders.

Earlier, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland, stated that specific dates for elections in the Donbas weren’t disclosed during her visit to Kiev.

  Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements