Ukraine protests against scheduled ‘election’ in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv calls for more Western sanctions against Russia due to preparation of the ‘vote’ in the occupied peninsula
22:15, 1 August 2017

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry condemns preparations to the so-called ‘elections’ in the annexed Crimea. This is mentioned in the statement released by the press department of the authority.

‘The ministry decisively protests due to the Kremlin’s attempts to organize pseudo-election process in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol – specifically, because of the illegally approved borders of electoral districts. Another attempt of the occupant to spread its national law on the territory of modern Ukraine is a rude violation of international and Ukrainian law. Ukraine does not recognize any of the electoral procedures that the Kremlin has been organizing in the temporarily occupied territories, as they are pitiful by its essence. According to the Ukrainian law, no authority or official may be considered legal unless created, elected or appointed within the procedure foreseen by the Ukrainian legal framework,’ reads the statement.

The Foreign Ministry also urged all countries and international organizations to support this protest and refrain from recognizing any elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as to increase pressure on Russia, so that the Kremlin would stop aggression against Ukraine and start de-occupying Crimea.    

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