"Party of war" rather than the "party of peace" winning Ukrainian parliamentary elections: DPR Prime Minister said© REUTERS/ Sergei Karpukhin
The so-called "party of war" is winning the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is not ruling out the resumption of hostilities, said the DPR Prime Minister Aleksander Zakharchenko.
"According to the first results of the elections, the winner is rather the "party of war" than the "party of peace." Yatsenyuk, Turchynov, Lyashko and Poroshenko himself – all these politicians backed military actions against us," Zakharchenko told reporters on Sunday.
Zakharchenko added that the DPR expects Kiev to take a tough stance against the People's Republic. "The ceasefire that we discussed since September 5 was used by Kiev for troops repositioning, getting fresh forces and new weapons," Zakharchenko said.
Early parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday. Ukrainians went to the polls to vote in 423 members of parliament - 225 of them from party lists and 198 in single-candidate constituencies. The electoral threshold has been set at five percent.
According to the exit poll, President Petro Poroshenko's party called Poroshenko's Bloc is leading with 23 percent of the vote.
Poroshenko's Bloc is closely followed by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front with some 21.3 percent, Samopomoshch (Selfhelp) party headed by mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy is in the third place with 13.2 percent.
The elections were held against the background of a serious political and economic crisis in the country. The Ukrainian authorities have recognized that elections cannot be held in half of the districts of the country's eastern regions due to the armed conflict between government troops and independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics.