Hunko explained that in the email exchange betwhis een the head of the Ukraine delegation to PACE Volodymyr Ariev and the Assembly Secretariat on the upcoming visit, Ariev stated that the parliamentarian could become a target of an alleged attack by, as the West calls it, “pro-Russian forces in Ukraine" to discredit Kiev afterward.
"I cancelled my participation in the election observation mission of the CoE [Council of Europe] Ukraine elections due to threats and security concerns," Andrej Hunko said, adding that he could be attacked by anyone in Ukraine but not pro-Russian forces.
The German lawmaker visited eastern Ukraine earlier this year to deliver humanitarian aid to the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk. He has participated in every election observation mission organized by the Council of Europe in Ukraine since the last elections in 2012.
The head of the Ukraine delegation to PACE, Ariev, has previously objected to Hunko's inclusion in the election observation mission to Ukraine, labeling his previous visit to the southeastern Ukrainian regions as "a provocative act."
Ukraine is expected to hold local elections on October 25, whereas Donetsk and Luhansk agreed to postpone their local elections until 2016.