Russian Recognition of Upcoming Separatist ‘Elections' in Donetsk and Luhansk Would Stall Conflict Resolution in East Ukraine

On 11 November 2018, the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) entities in eastern Ukraine plan to hold elections for regional assemblies and their respective heads. Preliminary voting began on 6 November. DPR and LPR claim entire territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, although...

On 11 November 2018, the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) entities in eastern Ukraine plan to hold elections for regional assemblies and their respective heads. Preliminary voting began on 6 November.

DPR and LPR claim entire territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, although they only control approximately 35% of territory in each region. DPR and LPR were formed in April 2014, and have received material, financial, political and military support from Russia since then. The territories under their control have increasingly emerged as effective Russian protectorates, with their local economies becoming gradually integrated with Russia.

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