WASHINGTON, November 1 (RIA Novosti) – Washington calls on all countries not to recognize the November 2 regional elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists on Friday.
“The United States will not recognize the results [of the elections],” Psaki said. “We call on all nations to similarly reject the illegal effort and instead support the legal December 7 local elections.”
The residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine will vote for regional leaders and legislative bodies on Sunday. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have many times spoken out against these elections.
“We have grave concerns that separatists plan to go ahead with illegitimate and illegal elections in areas of eastern Ukraine,” Psaki said, adding that the elections would "violate the latter and spirit" of the September 5 Minsk ceasefire agreement.
“Any moves to try to legitimize the results will undermine the Minsk agreement,” she said.
The self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk were established, following the February coup in Kiev, when the LPR and the DPR refused to recognize legitimacy of the new government. Based on the results of the referendums, held in May, where a vast majority of voters supported independence, the two republics declared their sovereignty in a move that triggered a violent confrontation between LPR and DPR militia and Kiev-led forces.
On September 5, the trilateral contact group on Ukraine that included representatives Russia, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Ukraine have signed a protocol on ceasefire in volatile areas in eastern Ukraine. Besides, Kiev adopted a law, granting special statuses to parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The law stipulates that local elections are to take place in these regions on December 7. However, the self-proclaimed republics want full independence for the whole territory within the borders of the respective administrative entities in Ukraine and have set the date for their own elections for regional leaders and legislative bodies for November 2.