Ukrainian government and the West have strongly condemned the vote, which violates the terms of a cease-fire agreement signed by Russia, Ukraine and separatist leaders in Minsk, Belarus, in early September, 2014. The peace deal included an agreement that local elections would be held in Donetsk and Luhansk in accordance with Ukrainian laws, in December of this year. This is not the first time Ukraine discovers that deals with rogue nations and the terrorists are not worth the paper they are written on. One-sided cease-fire agreements, callously disregarded by Russia-funded separatists, have already claimed many lives.
Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Russia Today, feigned outrage at the fact that Ukrainian authorities have commenced criminal proceedings against the organizers of the unauthorized elections, “despite them being sanctioned by the Minsk peace deal.” This statement is inconsistent with the fact that the Minsk agreement did not “sanction” unconstitutional elections in November.
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the polls “pseudo-elections that terrorists and bandits want to organize on occupied territory.” “This farce under the muzzles of tanks and machine guns, which today was held by two terrorist organizations in parts of Donbass, is a terrible event that has nothing to do with the real will of the people,” he added.
EU’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said that Brussels will not recognize the results of the illegitimate elections in Eastern Ukraine. Mark Stroh, a spokesperson for the US National Security Council, said that the US will not recognize the quasi-elections, which contravene Ukraine’s constitution and the Minsk protocol signed at the OSCE-mediated talks in early September.