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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) is capable of ensuring security on its territory, including at local election, by itself, LPR head Igor Plotnitsky said on Monday.
Commenting on Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s statement on importance of sending an international police mission to Donbass, Plotnistky said: "We don't need any international police." "We guarantee absolute security for voters, candidates, journalists and observers," gansk Inform Center quoted Plotnitsky as saying.
The LPR head noted that order is effectively maintained on the territory of the self-proclaimed republic.
Plotnitsky noted that everything connected with organizing local election in Donbass should be discussed in Minsk at meeting of the Contact Group with participations of LPR and DPR (self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic) representatives. "Everything connected with our elections should be discussed in Minsk with our participation, not in New York behind our backs," the LPR head said.
He noted that escalation of tensions in Donbass is beneficial for Poroshenko as he can ask for an international police mission from the West. "Before his trip to the United States, Poroshenko ordered his military to step up shellings at territories of Donbass people’s republics," the LPR head said. "He needs an escalation of the situation to ask for some kind of international police mission from the West, allegedly for ensuring security at elections," Plotnistky concluded.
Local election in Donbass is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on 12 February 2015, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The package of measures also envisages ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.