The polling stations will be opened on September 19 in the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.
“You know our attitude to the elections that take place in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and we allowed them to open the polling stations. The stations will be opened; it will take place in the Embassy of Russia in Kyiv,” Kuleba reported.
He 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.
The minister noted that Ukraine will respond to the violations on the usual scheme: it will spot the violations and appeal to the partners.
Earlier, the Eastern Human Rights Group announced that the citizens of occupied Donbas with Russian passports will be taken to Rostov oblast on September 17, 18, and 19, to participate in the elections at the Russian State Duma.
Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) observes the massive illegal issuance of Russian passports in the temporarily occupied Donbas. According to the press office of the SBU, the local "government" of Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" is doing this to make sure that Ukrainians participate in the Russian parliamentary election campaign.
As it was reported earlier, as of the beginning of May, almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens received the Russian passports. Primarily, the documents were given to local authorities, teachers, doctors.