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Ukraine's Internal Ministry to impede Russians voting on March 18

Source : 112 Ukraine

The security of Russian diplomatic agencies located in Ukraine will be enhanced
18:45, 16 March 2018

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Russian citizens, who live in Ukraine, except diplomats, will not be allowed to vote in Russian presidential elections. Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov wrote this on his Facebook page.

“Internal Ministry of Ukraine reports that security arrangement of Russian diplomatic agencies in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv will not provide Russian citizens with an access to the voting on March 18, 2018,” Avakov said.

Avakov added, that Ukrainian Internal Ministry sent a note to Russian Internal Ministry. The note informs about Ukraine’s protest with a demand not to hold elections in Crimea on March 18.

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“Ukraine’s Internal Ministry stated, that the voting on the buildings of Russian diplomatic and consular agencies in Ukraine is possible only if Russian fulfills Ukrainian demands mentioned above completely. Russia denied its illegal intentions for now,” Avakov said.

Ukraine’s Internal Ministry made a decision cocerning impossible elections, which violate Ukraine’s law on the territory of the state and diplomatic missions.

“Internal Ministry appeals to Russian diplomats and citizens to obey legal demands of Ukraine and not to provoke the situation, keep the order and the law of Ukraine,” Ukraine’s Internal Minister said.

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: Crimean children involved in presidential election in Russia, - human rights activists

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