Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine Andriy Mahera says that it is impossible to hold local elections in separate districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in occupied territory in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, within the next two years.
"I don't believe it's possible to hold elections in separate districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in June 2016, I even doubt it could be done in June 2017," he said on Channel 5 on Wednesday.
Director General of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine Oleksiy Koshelia confirms that the local elections in Donbas "aren't realistic in the near-term outlook."
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He says it may happen not earlier than in five years if it's a base-case scenario, and a lower-case scenario suggests it may happen in a decade or even later.
As a reminder, the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas conflict met on March 10 to discuss conditions for holding the local elections in Donbas, but it failed to reach any agreement.