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UNITED NATIONS, February 24. /TASS/. Russia believes the process of political settlement in Ukraine depends a lot on elections in Donbas envisaged by the Minsk agreements, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said at a session of the UN Security Council on teamwork between the UN and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The diplomat noted readiness of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to monitor the elections in Donbas as soon as all aspects of their holding were coordinated in line with the set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, approved on February 12, 2015.
The ambassador also drew attention to the fact that scores of people had to flee the conflict zone, finding themselves elsewhere in Ukraine or abroad.
The set of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, which was signed by the Contact Group participants on February 12, envisages local elections in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The document says that on the first day after the heavy weaponry pullout a "dialogue is to start on modalities of conducting local elections in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the Law of Ukraine" On temporary order of local self-governance in particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," and also about the future of these districts based on the above mentioned law."
It also says that the issues related to local elections will be discussed at consultations and in agreement with representatives of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group.
The elections will be carried out in accordance with the OSCE standards with the monitoring of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.