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Donbas elections must be held according to Ukrainian law and supervised by OSCE - Baer

Donbas elections must be held according to Ukrainian law and supervised by OSCE - BaerThe elections in the occupied districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are possible after the implementation of a complete ceasefire and restoration of security. Elections must be held according to Ukrainian law and supervised by OSCE observers, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Daniel Baer said.

During the course of his Twitter microblog conference on Wednesday Interfax-Ukraine asked him if the elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are possible under certain conditions. Baer said: "Yes, it's possible. Ceasefire, arms withdrawal needed to set a basic security on the territories that enjoy a special status."

He also added that the elections should be carried out according to Ukrainian legislation, in accordance to international standards and under OSCE supervision.

The US diplomat also wrote that "Kremlin-controlled media in Russia and Donbas are not free. He said they "deprive people a chance to form their own opinion."

Read also: Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande discussed possible conditions for elections in Donbas

Baer said it is unacceptable that Russia sentenced Nadia Savchenko to 22 years in jail. He called for her unconditional release.

"The pre-determined verdict in the so-called "trial" has been issued. It's time to #FreeSavchenko," he wrote on Twitter.
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