On Monday, the United States called the election of leaders and parliamentarians in the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk a “farce,” according to a spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert.
On Sunday the two self-proclaimed people’s republics held elections for leaders and parliamentarians. Turnout in Donetsk reached 80.1% of voters, while in Lugansk the number was 77%, according to the central constituency committees of the republics.
In Donetsk, current leader Denis Pushilin won the election with 60.85% of the votes. Already in Lugansk, Leonid Pasechnik, won with 68.3%.
“The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the 11 November sham ‘elections’ in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine,” Nauert said in a statement.
Washington will continue to impose sanctions on Moscow until it fully implements the Minsk agreements, the spokeswoman said.
The U.S. joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. We have spoken with one voice against yesterday’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. pic.twitter.com/ln7pVEOaSC
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) November 13, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the elections in Donbass accusing them of undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in a joint statement.
“Making these so-called elections is undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” The statement also said that the vote is “illegitimate and illegal” and that it “is not in accordance with the spirit of the Minsk Accords and with the declaration of Heads of State and Government of the countries of the Normandy Quartet.”
Merkel and Macron stressed that the elections in the territories, which are controlled by the Donbass militia, should be carried out in accordance with the Minsk agreements, the standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Ukrainian legislation.
The Ukrainian authorities said they would not recognize the results of the election.
The Kremlin said it was treating the elections in the self-proclaimed republics with understanding, as those regions were uprooted and abandoned by Ukraine.