Alexander Zakharchenko winner of elections in Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic.
Pro-Russian voters have elected Alexander Zakharchenko as the winner of elections in eastern Ukraine’s self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic. Congratulations to Alexander Zakharchenko on his election. Its quite a feat to hold an election during a civil war, but almost everything that the citizens of Donbass have accomplished since February’s coup has flown in the face of accepted wisdom. Judeo-satanists can shout and stamp their feet as much as they wish but this latest development can be laid directly at the feet of the EU and US.
Officials said on Monday that Zakharchenko, the undisputed leader in Donetsk, received 81 percent of the votes.
« The central election commission deems Alexander Zakharchenko to be the elected head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, » election official Roman Lyagin said.
After winning the vote, Zakharchenko said Ukraine « does not want peace, as it claims. » He also accused Kiev of « playing a double game. »
The leadership and local parliamentary elections were held on Sunday despite condemnation by the European Union and the United Nations, who said such a move would undermine peace efforts.
The election was also denounced by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, who called it a “farce.”
Despite warnings by Poroshenko, Russia said in a statement by the Foreign Ministry that it recognized the results.
« We respect the expression of the will of the residents of southeast (Ukraine), » the statement said. « Those elected have received a mandate to resolve the practical issues of re-establishing normal life in the region. »
The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev’s military operation started in mid-April in a bid to crush the protests.
Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.