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Involvement of occupied Donbas citizens to Russian elections doubts their legitimacy

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Foreign Ministry urged the international society to condemn this step of Russia, do not recognize results of these elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine
16:49, 23 July 2021

Europa Press

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine protested due to the approval of the decision on involvement of the population of occupied Donbas in the elections to the Russian State Duma via electronic voting as the ministry reported.

“Such actions of the Russian side along with the illegal organization of the elections to the State Duma in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol constitute a flagrant violation of norms and principles of international law, the Constitution of Ukraine and Ukrainian legislation in force,” the message says.

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The Foreign Ministry noted that the organization of the election process in the occupied territory of Ukraine and the involvement of the local population that was forced to get Russian citizenship put in doubt the legitimacy of the results of the elections.

Besides, despite all attempts of Ukraine to stabilize the situation in the conflict zone, the Russian side neglect the efforts assumed within the Normandy Format and Trilateral Contact Group to find ways of settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict on the basis of the international right and respect to the sovereignty of Ukraine.

“Recent actions of the Russian Federation are particularly cynical taking into account the aggravation of the security situation in the conflict zone, caused by regular ceasefire violations by the Russian occupation forces, as well as further deterioration of the humanitarian and socio-economic situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,” the ministry explained.

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The Foreign Ministry urged the international society to condemn this step of Russia, do not recognize results of these elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, and enhance political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation to stop its international-illicit actions against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“Ukraine demands from the Russian Federation to revoke all unlawful decisions taken with regard to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and to stop taking steps aimed at further integration of the population of the temporarily occupied territories into political, social and legal space of the Russian Federation,” the message says.

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As we reported, as of the beginning of May, almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens received Russian passports. Primarily, the documents were given to local authorities, teachers, doctors.

It was also reported that in Crimea, the occupying authorities forced teachers, other school workers, and members of their families to register for "all-Russian online voting test before the Russian State Duma elections." In case of refusal, the occupying authorities threatened them with dismissal.

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