Ukrainians who will help organize or execute Russia’s upcoming presidential elections on March 18 will be charged with state treason and can be sentenced for up to 15 years in prison, Oleksander Udovychenko, deputy head of prosecutor’s office in the region said.

Udovychenko also said that citizens of other countries who help conduct elections might face up to 12 years in prison on charges of seizure of state power and of undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the Kyiv Post wrote citing Crimea.Realities.

Previously, Ukrainian-Crimean prosecutors called Ukraine’s citizens to ignore Russian elections held on the peninsula and not to vote. They warned that 10,000 members of election commissions in Crimea may face criminal charges.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation in connection with the presidential elections in the territory of the illegally annexed Crimea. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that everyone involved in organizing the voting process in the presidential elections in the occupied Crimea would be put on a sanctions list.