The United States is calling on Ukraine to regain control of its international border with Russia to hold democratic elections in the occupied part of Donbas. This was announced by the head of the U.S. mission in the OSCE, James Gilmore, the mission reports.
He added that illegal armed groups will also have to leave Ukrainian territory.
“Free and fair elections should be held under Ukrainian control and in a secure environment, with Russia-led forces and illegal armed formations withdrawn from Ukraine’s territory,” the message says.
The United States again calls on Russia to “direct its proxies to cease their harassment of the Special Monitoring Mission, as required by Moscow’s commitments under the Minsk agreements.”