Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: All-Russian voting for constitutional changes in Crimea, Donbas is illegal

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side asks the international partners to enhance the sanction pressure on Russia due to the organization of the voting in temporarily occupied territories
21:05, 26 June 2020

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The voting for the amendment to the Constitution of Russia in the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia is illegal as Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry stated.

“The Ukrainian side believes that the results of the so-called voting in the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia, in which the citizens of Ukraine will participate through the use of the forcibly imposed Russian passports, including the citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the results of all-Russian voting [are illegal]. Its so-called results will have no legal effect,” the message said.

Due to this fact, Ukraine appeals to the international partners with the request to condemn the organization of the voting in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including by enhancing the sanction pressure on Russia.

Related: Russia to vote on Putin's amendments to constitution on July 1

Besides, the Foreign Ministry stated that everyone involved in the illegal organization and holding of the current all-Russian voting in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine will be responsible in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine.

As we reported, Russia is holding a vote to change the constitution. On June 25, the week started, during which Russian citizens may cast their votes on far-reaching changes to the document. 

According to the law as it stands today, Putin would have to step down in 2024, after the completion of his second six-year term. 

Related: Russia’s new amendments to Constitution to prevent Crimea’s return to Ukraine

Putin is attempting to impose constitutional changes that would create an exception to existing rules and allow him to run for another two terms as president. Even though he has said he is not sure if he will even run, the change would let him remain in power until 2036.

The revised constitution is also intended to protect Russia from "damaging" decisions handed down by international courts. In the future, international law will not be given priority in Russia — and not even applied in instances where the Russian Constitutional Court declares it to be in conflict with Russian law.

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