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Remarks With Pritt Kuusk of Aktuaalne Kaamera News Program


Remarks
Victoria Nuland
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Tallinn, Estonia
May 13, 2014

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In the vast majority of Ukraine, outside of Crimea obviously, and even in the majority of Donetsk and Lugansk, elections are possible. If they were held today, they would be free and fair. But obviously where separatists have a choke hold over the population, there are going to have to be alternative arrangements. What we’ve seen in eastern Ukraine regrettably in the most violent towns like Slovyansk and like Mariupol is that when the Ukrainian security forces maintain a cordon, the security situation remains contained in those towns. When they pull back, the separatists squirt out and start taking over buildings and other places.

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