Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba described Russia's preparations for the State Duma election in the occupied Crimea as a breach of the international law. The official said this at a briefing on Thursday, September 16, Deutsche Welle reported.
"According to the international law, the only status that Russia could have in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is the occupant state; what Russia does by organizing its national election there is a violation of the international law", Kuleba said.
He added that Kyiv is going to respond to these steps and turn to foreign partners. Earlier, the official added that on the eve, due to the elections to the State Duma, Russia refused to extend the mandate of two OSCE missions that worked at the checkpoints at the Russian-Ukrainian border uncontrolled by Kyiv.
“The absence of these missions facilitates, in fact, the efforts of Russia on arrangement of these election carrousels: transport of voters for creation of the effect of expression of the will of people. In accordance with international law, the unified status of Russia in Crimea and occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is the state-occupant. The things it does, organizing there its national elections, are the violation of the international law,” he underlined.
Russia has been holding elections in the occupied Crimea since 2016.