Donetsk and Luhansk elect members of People's Councils
The Donetsk and the Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine held elections to People's Councils on Sunday. U.S. observer Frank Oberti said the elections met democratic standards. According to preliminary studies, over 70% of the population voted for Alexander Zakharchenko, followed by Alexander Kofman and Yuri Sivkovenko. 60% voted for Zakharchenko's Donetsk Republic Movement, followed by Free Donbass with 25% of votes, TASS reports.
50% of the ballot sheets have been processed in Donetsk and 30% in Luhansk.
Igor Plotnitsky got 63.17% of the votes, Oleg Akimov heading the Federation of Trade Unions got 15.95%, businessman Victor Penner got 10.31%. Luhansk Healthcare Minister Larisa Ayrapetyan got 8.36%. The Peace to Luhanshchina Movement got 69.18% of the votes, the Luhansk Economic Union 24.07%, the People's Union 4.96%.
The Russian Foreign Ministry recognizes the elections as successful and essential for dialogue between the oblasts and the central government. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Morgherini called the presidential and parliamentary polls in Donetsk and Luhansk an obstacle to peace in Ukraine. Mark Stroh of the White House National Security Council said that the elections were violating the Constitution, the laws of Ukraine and the Minsk Protocol of September 5.