KIEV, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday called on Western countries to impose fresh sanctions against Russia over the forthcoming elections in eastern Ukraine.
"I expect that new sanctions will be imposed against Russia for its support for these fake elections," Poroshenko was quoted as saying by his press service.
On Nov. 11, the conflict-hit Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, together known as Donbas, are scheduled to elect both "presidents" and members of "parliaments" of the self-proclaimed republics.
Ukraine has long accused Russia of aiding the insurgents and sending troops to combat areas in Donbas, allegations repeatedly dismissed by Moscow.
In 2014, the European Union and the United States slapped sanctions on Russia in response to Crimea's incorporation into the country and the alleged role it had played in Ukraine's crisis.