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Russian presidential elections: Embassy mined in Odesa

Members of Svoboda, Right Sector, National Corps and other nationalistic organizations started picketing before Russia’s Consulate General in Kharkiv
10:03, 18 March 2018

korrespondent.net

Russian Embassy in Kyiv is being under an intense security on the day of Russian presidential elections. Interfax-Ukraine reports that the current situation is peaceful.

The police limited the traffic on Povitroflots’kyi Ave by blocking the road with metal and wood fences.

The law enforces blocked Russia’s Consulate General in Odesa. According to them, only residents of adjacent houses are allowed to pass the border.

Ivan Ishchenko, the Head of National Police Public Safety Department in Odesa region, said that at 8:00 am they got a notification that Russia’s Embassy is mined.

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Meanwhile, members of Svoboda, Right Sector, National Corps and other nationalistic organizations started picketing before Russia’s Consulate General in Kharkiv. They set posters with signs “Russia = war”, “Murder elections” and others nearby the building.

According to the protesters, they intend to impede voting in the Consulate. National Guard along with the police encircled the building. The traffic on the adjacent roads in blocked. As to the police, officers of the Consulate are inside the building already. Nobody came to vote as at 8:15.

Earlier, Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Internal Minister, said that Russian citizens who live on the territory of Ukraine will not have access to Russian diplomatic agencies located in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv to vote for future Russian President on March 18.

Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists promise to block Russian presidential elections in Ukraine on March 18, 2018. This is said in the joint statement of Ukrainian political parties Svoboda, Right Sector, and National Corps. Political parties intend to block polling stations and form “corridor of shame” for voters – Russian citizens.

As we reported earlier, Russian presidential elections will be held on March 18 – the fourth anniversary of illegal occupation of Crimea. There are eight candidates, including the current president of the state. Russia intends to hold elections in annexed Crimea. Peninsula’s Prosecutor’s Office, which is located in Kyiv, threatened election organizers with criminal liability.

Related: Poroshenko asks Erdoğan not to acknowledge Russian elections in Crimea

Related: Ukraine sends official notification to UN on Russian presidential elections

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