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After successfully holding a presidential election on May 25 even as Russia occupied Crimea and was instigating war in the east, Ukraine will on Oct. 26 hold a snap parliamentary election. The vote will exclude millions of voters in war-torn Donbas and, of course, Crimea.

Mykhailo Okhendovsky, the Central Election Commission head, said on Sept.30 that elections may not be held in 10 out of 21 single-mandate districts in Donetsk Oblast and 7 out of 11 districts in Luhansk Oblast. Donetsk and Luhansk regions, before the war, were home to nearly 15 percent of Ukraine’s population, or more than 6.6 million people.

The off-limits districts are controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists or have become a battlefield between Ukrainian troops and the Russian proxies.

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