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Russian border guards stop Ukrainians coming from annexed Crimea to mainland

It is not excluded that the Ukrainians from Crimea will not be able to vote
17:03, 31 March 2019

Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service
Ukrinform

The number of the citizens, who cross the administrative border with occupied Crimea, has decreased in comparison with last week. Moreover, the Russian border guards stop citizens and ask the purpose of their visit to the mainland as Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported citing Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

“We got the information that the border guards of the state-occupant stop the Ukrainians, who aim to the mainland and ask the purpose of their visit. We do not have information whether they returned someone, who said that the purpose is voting but we can suppose that they do not allow to vote,” Slobodyan said.

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He emphasized that all detachment work as usual; the guard of the border is enhanced. Totally, 7,000 of the personnel work today. 1,300 people stay in the reserve.

The maritime forces guard the maritime boundaries. A few boat and ship groups guard the sea coasts of the Black and Azov Seas. The personnel, who serve at Snake Island also can vote.

“Considering the tendencies of the crossing of the border or the demarcation line, there is a significant increase of people, who cross the border, administrative border or the demarcation line. In the Joint Forces Operation zone we observe the decrease of the passenger traffic by 1,5-2 times in comparison with the last week,” he noted.

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The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. There are 39 candidates in the ballots and over 35.6 million voters. Over 315,000 of the voters changed the place of the registration for voting.

As we reported, the voting process will end at 8:00 PM. The online broadcast of all the evens concerned the elections you can watch here.

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