Ukraine is expected to hold local elections on October 25, while Donetsk and Lugansk plan to hold their own local elections on October 18 and November 1, respectively.
“If Russia approves of them [elections], then it is a blatant violation by Russia of the Minsk agreements. It should be followed by corresponding measures. This could be either an extension or expansion, or some other instruments in the hands of the international community to motivate Russia to come back to the negotiating table,” Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
Kiev will do everything in its power to prevent elections in Donetsk and Lugansk, he added.
The Minsk agreements, aimed at the Ukrainian reconciliation and signed by Kiev and Donbass in February, stipulated constitutional amendments providing more autonomy to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
In accordance with the deal, both constitutional reforms aimed at decentralizing power in Ukraine and local elections in Donbass must be concluded before the end of 2015.