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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in Donbas, the president's spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said Sunday.

KIEV, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in Donbas, the president's spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said Sunday.

"President Poroshenko arrived in Donbas," Tsegolko wrote on his Twitter webpage.

According to "112 Ukraine" TV channel, the Ukrainian leader will apparently vote in Donbas, not in Kiev.

"Journalists found out Poroshenko will vote in Donbas, not in Kiev," the TV channel reports.

According to the channel, Ukrainian president's wife, Marina Poroshenko, said her husband came to Donbas to "personally monitor how the elections in [Luhansk and Donetsk] regions are held".

Early parliamentary elections are being held in Ukraine Sunday, October 26.

Ukrainians are to go to the polls to vote in 424 members of parliament — 225 of them from party lists and 199 in single-candidate constituencies. The electoral threshold is 5 percent.

Ukraine's Central Election Commission said that the vote could not be conducted in almost half the districts in the southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, administered by independence forces.

However, according to the Ukrainian law, the election will be recognized valid even if voting takes place at only one polling station in a district.

The law on the special status of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, adopted by Ukraine as part of the Minsk agreements reached in September, stipulates that local elections are to take place on December 7. However, the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, laying claims to the whole territory of respective Ukrainian regions, intend to hold their own elections. The two self-proclaimed republics will choose their leaders and parliaments on November 2.

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Donbass, elections, Verkhovna Rada, Petro Poroshenko
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