Non-BS Ukraine election news
If I hear someone say "Meddling in our elections..." or "Interfering in our elections..." one more time I will puke.
The news media's focus of bullsh*t news about election meddling has shifted from Russia to Ukraine, but there is an actual non-trivial, non-BS piece of Ukraine-related election news that we need to know.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has agreed to special status for Donbass and to hold elections in the separatist-controlled eastern region — a breakthrough in talks to end the five-year conflict.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it dropped its opposition to the move, according to the RIA news agency,
It opens the way to the first international summit in three years being convened on ending fighting in east Ukraine.
"Today, the last obstacles were removed on a path to the Normandy Four summit. I think in the nearest future we will have dates," Zelenskiy told reporters in Kyiv.
"What's new is that President Zelenskiy is taking the risk to make the first step," Pothier said.
The key question now is whether the Russians will reciprocate, Pothier told Euronews.
Russia called it ‘A Victory for Common Sense’.
So it looks good.
However, Ukrainian Nazis oppose it.
He sought to dispel fears about excessive concessions to the separatists, saying the election would be held only when Ukraine regains control of all its borders with Russia.
"There won't be any elections under the barrel of a gun," Zelensky said in response to criticism that his administration bowed to Russia's demands. "There won't be any elections there if the troops are still there."
Separatist leaders and the Ukrainian government also pledged to pull back troops from two locations in the Donetsk and the Luhansk regions early next week.
Zelensky insisted the local election would be held according to Ukrainian law, meaning all candidates and political parties should be allowed to run.
Separatist leaders have rejected that idea in the past, saying they would not allow Ukrainian parties that included nationalist politicians to run.
So both sides still have to pull back.
Plus both sides have to honor the election results.
Plus NATO will oppose any peace agreement.
Plus the issue of Crimea isn't covered by this.
But there is finally hope for peace.