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Fake observer missions may come to Ukrainian presidential elections

Their work is funded by Russia, - Committee of Voters of Ukraine
16:37, 1 February 2019

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The fake observer missions financed by the Russian Federation may be present at the presidential elections in Ukraine as RBK-Ukraine reported citing Deputy Director-General of Committee of Voters of Ukraine Natalia Linnyk.

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She noted that 129 public organizations, which will provide their observers, are registered at the moment.

“We also want to inform that there are some particular missions of the so-called fake observers. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine along with the Central Election Commission will try to filter them at these elections. But even if the Foreign Ministry will compromise and register particular observers, who will enter the number of the fake representatives, we ask the mass media to be more consolidated and consider the credibility of the sources of information,” she said.

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“The observers, who provided the false information at the previous elections in certain countries, are affiliated with Russia in any way and financed for it. The main goal is to spread destabilization in the Ukrainian environment,” the message said.

The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates will appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019.

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Earlier, Central Election Commission of Ukraine closed all polling station in Russia, particularly, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk.

Besides, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin warned that Ukraine does not intend to approve applications from the Russian OSCE observers at the elections.

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