Ukraine at OSCE calls for sanctions over voting on amendments to Russian constitution in occupied territories

Ukraine at OSCE calls for sanctions over voting on amendments to Russian constitution in occupied territories

Ukraine calls on international partners to respond, including through strengthening sanctions pressure, to the fact that Russia has forced residents of the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea to take part in voting on amendments to the Russian Constitution.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk said this during an online meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday, July 2, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“Ukraine and many participating States have previously raised the issue of Russian passports illegally provided and imposed to the local residents of the occupied parts of Donbas and Crimea. The owners of these passports were forced in particular to take part in the recent voting on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation,” the diplomat said.

The NGOs have already reported the cases, in which illegally detained Crimean Tatars were threatened and punished after they had refused to take part in the illegal voting.

“The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned this voting in the occupied parts of Ukraine as a violation of the fundamental norms and principles of international law and the legislation of Ukraine. As the delegation of Ukraine stated in the previous PC meeting, this also casts serious doubts on the overall voting results. We call on our international partners to respond to this yet another flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia, including through strengthening sanctions pressure,” Tsymbaliuk stated.

As a reminder, 77.9% of referendum participants voted for the amendments to the Constitution of Russia which zero out the presidential term of Vladimir Putin.

The referendum on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation lasted from June 25 to July 1.


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