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"Regional and local elections were held in the Russian Federation on September 10. Gubernatorial elections also took place in Sevastopol. The European Union has not recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognize the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula. Anybody elected in the Crimean peninsula claiming to 'represent' Crimea and Sevastopol will not be recognized as representatives of those territories, which are Ukrainian," the statement says.

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