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WASHINGTON, November 3. /TASS/. The US authorities have condemned Sunday’s elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, a spokesperson for the US National Security Council said.
Spokesman Mark Stroh said holding such elections contravenes Ukraine’s constitution and the Minsk protocol signed at the OSCE-mediated talks in early September.
At Sunday’s elections, according to preliminary results the current prime minister of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, has received more than 70% of the votes. In the LPR, the winning candidate is the incumbent leader Igor Plotnitsky who has secured 63.17% of the votes.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday Moscow respects the will expression of the citizens of southeastern Ukraine. Russia considers the elections as a positive step towards settling the crisis in the country.
EU’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Brussels considers Sunday’s elections as illegitimate and will not recognize their results.