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Kremlin says upcoming elections in DPR and LPR do not run counter to Minsk accords

The republics' right to hold the elections, scheduled for November 11, was not recognized by Kiev and some Western countries

MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. The upcoming elections of the heads and members of People’s Councils of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) do not contradict the Minsk accords, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

"They do not run counter, at least to the Minsk accords; nothing is said about it there," Peskov said.

Commenting on a journalist’s comment that the specified agreements concern the organization of such elections under Ukrainian law, the spokesman noted that "if you read the items of the Minsk accords which precede it you’ll see that the Ukrainian side had to do much, but didn’t do it."

Elections of the DPR and LPR heads and members of the People’s Councils will be held on November 11, 2018. Kiev and some Western countries refused to recognize the republics’ right to hold them. As many as 408 voting stations will operate on the DPR territory on Sunday. Five candidates will fight for the leadership in the republic - Denis Pushilin, Yelena Shishkina, Roman Khramenkov, Vladimir Medvedev and Roman Yevstifeyev. Two social movements - the Donetsk Republic and Free Donbass - will compete at the election to the People’s Council.