Ukraine has strongly condemned Russia’s plans to carry presidential elections on occupied Ukrainian territory within the spring
ByThe Related Press
December 9, 2023, 9:38 AM
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine on Saturday strongly condemned Russia’s plans to carry presidential elections on occupied Ukrainian territory within the spring.
Ukraine’s Overseas Ministry known as the deliberate elections “null and void” and pledged that any worldwide observers despatched to watch them would “face legal duty.”
Lawmakers in Russia on Thursday set the nation’s 2024 presidential election for March 17.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday moved to extend his repressive and unyielding grip on Russia for at the very least one other six years, asserting his candidacy within the election. He’s all however sure to win.
Russian authorities plan to rearrange voting in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson — territories Moscow illegally annexed from Ukraine in September final 12 months however doesn’t totally management — along with the Crimean peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.
The announcement of the presidential election follows native elections for Russian-installed legislatures in occupied elements of Ukraine in September. The votes have been denounced as a sham by Kyiv and the West.
“We name on the worldwide neighborhood to resolutely condemn Russia’s intention to carry presidential elections within the occupied Ukrainian territories, and to impose sanctions on these concerned of their group and conduct,” Ukraine’s Overseas Ministry mentioned.