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Ukraine's separatists hold "primaries"

According to their authorities, no gross violations have been registered.

Ukraine's separatists hold "primaries"
Photo: Novosti Donbassa

The occupying authorities held primary elections in the areas of Donbas uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government on 2 October.

According to preliminary reports, 369,617 came to the polls in the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's republic, which is a third of the pre-war population, the Novosti Donbassa website has said.

According to the separatist website LuhanskInformCentre, over 50,000 voted in primaries held in the self-proclaimed Luhansk people's republic.

The separatist authorities said that no gross violations had been registered.

According to the Minsk agreements on a Donbas settlement, local elections should be held in separatist-controlled areas. However it is not yet clear how this process is going to be organised. The trilateral contact group has been working on its mechanism for a while now.