Russia holds 'elections' in Crimea: Ukraine protests, warns about responsibility of all involved

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such actions of the Kremlin were called a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine
16:39, 13 September 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protests and condemns the illegal organization and conduct of the so-called elections in the annexed Crimea by the Russian Federation on September 13, 2020. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

"The Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the legal regime of which is determined by the norms of international humanitarian law. The holding of pseudo-elections by the Russian Federation in the territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol is illegitimate, and their results will not have any legal consequences," says the message.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry added that the so-called elections of the "governor of Sevastopol" and "MPs" to the "Council of Crimea" and "Simferopol City Council" are a gross violation of the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine, as well as the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

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"Everyone involved in the preparation and conduct of the illegal voting in the temporarily occupied Crimea will be held accountable in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine," the Ukrainian foreign ministry added.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called on foreign states and international organizations to condemn the illegal actions of the Russian Federation and clearly declare the non-recognition of the results of the so-called elections in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as to increase political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including through the expansion of sanctions.

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