Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Ukrainian authorities are ready to hold fair elections in Donbas and cooperate with the authorities which local residents can choose for themselves.
"We are ready to conduct fair elections and cooperate with the choice that will be made by a Ukrainian Donbas," the president wrote on Twitter on Monday during a visit to Kramatorsk, Donetsk region.
Also, Poroshenko said that both Donbas and Ukraine at large are striving for peace.
"We are ready to restore Ukrainian sovereignty in Donbas. This is what the Ukrainian people want, what Donbas is striving for," the president said.
"A lion's share of my visit to Donbas focuses on peaceful affairs," he wrote.