The Russian Federation stated that it would not send the observers to Ukraine as Kyiv refused to accredit Russians within the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE (ODIHR), Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated.
“Recently we got to know that the Central Election Commission of Ukraine has made an illegitimate decision; it refused the ODIHR of OSCE to accredit 24 citizens of Russia as part of the Bureau’s mission on observing the presidential elections. In February, the ODIHR got a similar refusal toward two Russians aiming to Ukraine as the long-term observers of the mission. Now, the “acquittal” of such actions is the new legislative amendments adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in February in a hurry, when the ODIHR mission was already at the deployment stage in Ukraine,” the Russian ministry said.
“Discrimination steps of the Ukrainian authority prevent the Russian experts from the possibility to participate in the ODIHR observing mission. In such conditions, the Russian Federations is forced to refuse from the sending of the observers to Ukraine not to put them in the threat of persecution,” the ministry said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expects that “the OSCE ODIHR will provide the objective information on the results of the elections in Ukraine, despite the absence of the observers from Russia.”
Besides, the ministry stated, “the evaluation of the situation in Ukraine doubts the legitimacy of the results of the upcoming elections of the Ukrainian president.”
As we reported, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the principal institution of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ODIHR OSCE) included 24 Russians into the list of short-term observers for the presidential elections in Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada registered the bill No.9524 which calls for ruling out the participation of the observers from the aggressor state in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
ODIHR offered to include two citizens of Russia to the list of the mission on the observation of the Ukrainian presidential elections on 31 March 2019, despite the conditions declared by Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has created 199 district election commissions for the upcoming presidential election on March 31.
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 is expected to appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019.