In the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) does not exclude the possibility of moving the date of local elections if the electoral legislation of Ukraine will be amended accordingly. “The prepared draft decision. The transfer date of elections as we do, and in LC, is not excluded”, – have informed “Interfax” a source in the DND sub-group on political issues of the Contact group on Ukraine.

The existing norms of the Ukrainian legislation to block the participation of representatives of the republics of Donbass in the electoral process, noted the Agency interlocutor. According to him, before the transfer election is necessary to solve two main problems with the Ukrainian legislation. First, there must be Amnesty for participants of events on Donbass, secondly, under present law even if the conduct of the elections by the majority system may nominate candidates only from participants of the electoral process, officially registered in Ukraine.

Thus, the norm of blocks participating in the local elections for
the nomination of candidates, public associations, operating in Donetsk and Lugansk, said the source.

We will remind, in July the leaders of the breakaway republics in Donbass took the decision to hold elections in the fall. In mid-September, the head of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko has appointed elections in separatist-held territory on October 18. After a few days the head LNR Igor Carpenter signed a decree on holding elections to local authorities on 1 November 2015.

In Kiev local election appointed on October 25. The decision was criticized in Moscow. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the decision, stated that it is contrary to the Minsk agreements

Thus, according to the law “On amending article 10 of the law of Ukraine “On special order of local government in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”, which President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed 18 March 2015, the special status of the territory controlled by the separatists, can be obtained only when there will be held local elections under the Ukrainian laws under the supervision of observers from international organizations. The law, in particular, provides that a special procedure is implemented elected at the extraordinary elections to local government bodies.

Before commenting on several local television stations the situation with the elections in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called them “illegal” and “illegitimate” and said that their conduct poses a threat to the Minsk agreements. Kiev will do everything possible to “return occupied territories”, he stressed.

“The elections in the Donbass have their own characteristics that must be taken into account in the election law. There are political forces interested in destabilization are interested in continuing the internal conflict. I stress that this is Putin’s plan. Putin’s plan, which was defeated in open armed confrontation, because we were able to create a powerful armed forces and a powerful international coalition,” – said Poroshenko.

According to Poroshenko, at a recent meeting of leaders “Norman Quartet” in Paris the President of Russia Vladimir Putin promised to help prevent “fake” elections in DND and LNR, reports UNN. “What we now have destroyed the possibility of carrying out “fake” elections, and at least Putin has promised to make all efforts and to inform us no later than Tuesday that the decision will be made, and if not accepted, will be responsible” – said the President of Ukraine.

Ukrainian army started withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line

Meanwhile, in the Donbas continues to remain the silent mode. Night in the cities and districts of the DPR was calm, told Donetsk news Agency on Monday in city and regional administrations of the Republic. The Ministry of defense DND confirmed GIVEN that over the past day has not recorded violations of silence regime on the contact line. According to military Department, for the third time in the history of the conflict in the Donbass observed absolute silence – previously reported on 25 September and 2 October

“We remain calm, last night was no exception,” – said the Deputy head of the administration Novoazovskiy district Anatoly Yanovsky. “The night passed quietly. Information about the attacks, provocations and incidents had not received”, – said the head of Telmanovo rayon administration Sergei Ivanov.

A calm environment also noted in the mayor’s office of Gorlovka, Makeyevka, Dokuchayevsk and Yasinovataya. “We all quietly, attacks,” said DAN in Yasynuvata district administration. A similar situation exists in the capital of the DNI. “The night passed quietly, provocation is not observed”, – said the head of the Kuibyshev district Ivan Prikhodko. On the observance of the ceasefire reported in regional administrations of the Kirov, Petrovsky and Kyiv region.

Recall that according to the agreement reached at the talks in Minsk on September 1 on the line of contact established full ceasefire. After complete ceasefire DNR forces plan to begin withdrawal of military equipment of calibre less than 100 mm and tanks in accordance with the new agreement, which was signed following peace talks in Minsk. The agreement on the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber less than 100 mm was signed by the government of LNR and DNR on September 30.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military announced the beginning of the withdrawal of military equipment by caliber less than 100 mm from the contact line in the Donbas. This was stated by the head of Lugansk regional military-civil administration Georgy Tuka, TV channel “112 Ukraine”. “The process began with both sides. I was told that it started yesterday,” said Tuck.

Start of withdrawal of heavy weapons in Eastern Ukraine confirmed the representative of the press service of the special operation in the Luhansk region Anatoly Stelmakh, adding that in the place of deployment will be allocated tanks T-64 and T-72 tanks, anti-tank gun D-48 and D-44.

Full-scale diversion of weapons from the separation line in the Luhansk region will begin October 5 at 12:00 local time. About this UNN was reported by speaker of ATO in the Luhansk region Ruslan Tkachuk. According to him, the process of diversion of weapons started with the preparatory phase. “It is expected that allotment in the first phase will begin at noon today,” – said Tkachuk. According to him, the process of diversion of arms will be held under the supervision of the OSCE and journalists.

In DND and LNR not rule out postponing the elections in case of changes in Ukrainian legislation 05.10.2015

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