Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has adopted a resolution approving a statement confirming non-recognition of legitimacy of Russian presidential elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine – Crimea and Sevastopol.
The Verkhovna Rada has called on the international community to apply additional sanctions against the Russian Federation and personal restrictions against those involved in organizing and conducting illegal voting in the presidential elections in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as those involved in systemic violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
The statement says setting up presidential elections in Crimea by the Russian occupation administration was an illegal act.
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It is also reported that significant restrictions on the electoral rights of citizens during the electoral process, unequal conditions for candidates and the lack of real choice, as indicated in the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE ODIHR, and the illegal counting of over one million votes from temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol significantly distort the results of the Russian presidential elections in general, thus questioning their legitimacy.