The German government did not recognize the Sunday election in the eastern part of Ukraine, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a press conference in Berlin.
He said the so-called elected presidents of two self-proclaimed republics, Donetsk and Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine were “illegitimate” and had “no legal relevance.”
The election did not contribute to the stabilization of the situation or strengthen territorial integrity, he said, “On the contrary, they complicate the crisis again.”
Earlier, the European Union said it would not accept either the election or its results.
“If the situation worsens, it may also be necessary to consider a renewed intensification of sanctions,” he warned.