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Poroshenko to order Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers

He explained that this way he wants to physically prevent Russians from coming to Ukraine as observers
11:34, 5 February 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will give an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections, as he said on air of “Svoboda slova” political talk show on ICTV Ukraine's TV channel.

“As a President of Ukraine, as a Supreme Commander, I will order to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service not to allow observers from Russia. I can guarantee you and the Ukrainian nation, that the order of the Supreme Commander will be carried out,” the President said.

Related: Ukraine's Parliament wants to ban Russian observers from attending presidential elections

He explained that this way he wants to physically prevent Russians from coming to Ukraine as observers from the international organizations.

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

Related: Fake observer missions may come to Ukrainian presidential elections

Earlier, Central Election Commission of Ukraine closed all polling station in Russia, particularly, in 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.

Related: Future elections and cold peace with Russia: Main theses of Poroshenko's speech in Kyiv

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