Elections in so called DPR, LPR violate Ukraine’s constitution, undermine Minsk agreements – UN Secretary-General Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday deplored the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine of their own “elections” on 2 November, calling the potential polls a “breach of the constitution and national law”.

“These ‘elections’ will seriously undermine the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum, which need to be urgently implemented in full,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

Reiterating the importance of restoring stability and safeguarding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Secretary-General through the statement urged all sides to uphold all parts of the Protocol, an agreement signed in the Belarusian capital in September by representatives of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and opposition groups.


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