Bigboard saying "Russian spring - what's next?" / Photo from UNIAN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's permanent envoy for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Korinevych, has said the so-called "regional and local elections" Russia held in the occupied Crimea on September 13 constitute yet another violations of Ukraine's state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"The so-called 'regional and local elections' in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are a continuation of the Russian Federation's violations of Ukraine's state sovereignty and territorial integrity," Korinevych's Office wrote on Facebook.

Commenting on the EU's statement on the so-called "elections" in Crimea, Korinevych noted the EU's active position in opposing the occupation of the peninsula and expressed gratitude for the consistent continuation of the non-recognition policy.

Read alsoUkraine responds to Russia's accusations of "torturing" Crimea by severing water suppliesThe president's representative office continues to work to inform Ukraine's partners about the systemic violation of human rights, politically motivated persecution, population replacement, as well as persecution of representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in Crimea to continue international pressure, isolation and sanctions policy toward the Russian Federation.

"Elections" in Crimea

  • September 13 became the main voting day at the so-called "elections" of the "governor of Sevastopol" and "by-elections" of members of the so-called "State Council of the Republic of Crimea" and "Simferopol Local Council."
  • Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the international community to expand sanctions against the Russian Federation over new "elections" in Russia-occupied Crimea.
  • The European Union says it will not recognize such "election" results