TOKYO, December 9 (Sputnik) – Japan has introduced sanctions against 26 individuals and 14 organizations that were involved in organizing independent elections in Donbas (Ukraine's southeastern regions), Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Tuesday that the new restrictive measures will not have an effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Tokyo, Kyodo reported.
Ukraine held early parliamentary elections on October 26. On November 2, the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) held their own elections for the heads of local governments and representatives of local legislative bodies. Kiev called the elections illegitimate.
Residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in southeastern Ukraine established the DPR and LPR people's republics after they refused to recognize the new Kiev government, which came to power as a result of the February coup. The republics declared their sovereignty based on the results of referendums held in May.