2018 Donbass general elections

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Elections were held on 11 November 2018 by the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.[1] As a result of a war that started in April 2014, these internationally unrecognised entities control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in eastern Ukraine, which are together called the Donbass region. They previously held elections in 2014. Voters were asked to elect the Head of the People's Republic of Donetsk and Head of the People's Republic of Luhansk as well as the deputies for two parliaments: The People's Soviet of the Donetsk People's Republic with 100 seats, and the People's Soviet of the Luhansk People's Republic with 50 seats.


Acting head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik won 68.3% of votes, and acting DPR head Denis Pushilin won 60.85% of votes. In parliamentary elections, "Mir Luganschine" (Peace for Luhansk) movement won 74.13% of votes in LPR, while the "Donetsk Republic" won 72.5% of votes in the DPR.[2]

Neither the European Union nor the United States recognized the elections, which they claim violate the terms of the Minsk Protocol.[3] Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called the elections “illegal and represent yet another example of Russian subversive activity.”[3] Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged Russia had influence on the region’s leaders but said “it is not unlimited.”[3]


  1. ^ "Separatists win vote in Ukraine rebel regions by big margins". Washington Post. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Donbass elections helped avert chaos after DPR leader's murder, says Russian diplomat". TASS. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Separatist-held regions hold elections in eastern Ukraine". Reuters. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.