LUHANSK, November 2. /TASS/. Leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic are not going to react to a criminal case that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) launched into holding elections in the republic, chairman of the LPR People’s Council Alexey Karyakin told TASS on Sunday.
“We got used that Ukraine was not right in the head. We’ve repeatedly observed that they did everything possible to discredit the population living in the Luhansk People’s Republic. That is why what you say, they write, paper doesn’t blush,” he said.
Answering a question if the LPR takes countermeasures, Karyakin said: “We have no dealings with the sick.”
Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said the republic’s authorities would launch a criminal case on genocide in response to the case opened by the Security Service of Ukraine into holding elections.
“If the SBU launched the criminal case into holding elections in the Donetsk People’s Republic, we also open the criminal case on genocide after the polls,” Zakharchenko said.
“If we don’t fear shelling, we don’t fear the criminal case. No matter what Ukraine is opening. It [Ukraine] is broiling with powerlessness. It is funny. We’ve made the choice and we follow our way. We don’t intend to turn off our path,” he said.
The elections of heads and parliamentarians are being held in the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
The Donetsk People’s Republic incumbent leader, Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, first deputy chairman of Novorossiya’s parliament Alexander Kofman and lawmaker of the Supreme Council, veteran of special police force Berkut Yuri Sivokonenko are running for the post of Donetsk republic’s head.
The movements, “Donetsk Republic” led by Zakharchenko and “Free Donbass” led by public figure Yevgeny Orlov will vie for seats in the People’s Council (parliament).
Kiev said the elections in the people’s republics were illegitimate. The West supported its position.
Russia considers the voting in the self-proclaimed republics a positive step towards the settlement of the situation in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was prepared to recognize the outcome of the Ukrainian parliamentary elections.
Over 300 observers from Russia, South Ossetia, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, France, the USA and other countries arrived to monitor the elections.