November 03, 2014

Defying the West, Russia Backs Ukrainian Elections

Featuring Jacob Stokes

Source: U.S. News and World Report

Journalist Teresa Welsh

Though rejected by the West, Russia says it “respected” the results of elections that were held in the rebel-held eastern provinces of Ukraine Sunday. The election marks the latest event in the on-going fight for control of the region.

Separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk won elections in those provinces. Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who had been prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic separatist region, was elected head of the region with 78 percent of the vote. Voters in Luhansk elected Igor Plotnitsky with 63 percent.

Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report.


  • Jacob Stokes

    Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian security affairs, an...