The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) is working on sanctions against the leaders and organizers of the “elections” in the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied by Russia, stated NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.
"The NSDC is working on sanctions against those who managed and organized the fake elections. This list may include representatives of selected European countries who, for some provocative motives, pretended that they were legitimate," Turchynov said.
The so-called Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic held elections from November 9 to 11 for their organizations' leaders. On the morning of November 12, they announced that Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik won.
Earlier, the NSDC already imposed sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in the occupation of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the Crimea.
Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, said that elections could become the starting point for new Russian armed aggression. Western countries have condemned the election in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed hope that new sanctions would be imposed against Russia because of these elections.