The holding of local elections in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions is only possible with the improvement of regional security, the participation of the OSCE, and the transfer of control over the self-proclaimed republics to Ukraine, as stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
“We are interested in unlocking the political process and holding local elections in Donbas. However, these elections are possible only under several conditions," Poroshenko said. He added that “Ukraine’s struggle for freedom continues in the capitol.”
According to Poroshenko, Russia should implement the provisions of the Minsk Agreements concerning security instead of manipulating local elections. He also stated that the deployment of the OSCE in order to ensure security before, during and after elections is one of the important conditions. Another condition is the return of control over the country's eastern border.