Ukraine formally informs UN Secretary-General about unlawful holding of elections in Crimea

Ukraine formally informs UN Secretary-General about unlawful holding of elections in Crimea

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Ukraine has formally informed the UN Secretary-General and members of the UN Security Council about the unlawful organization and holding by the Russian Federation of the so-called “elections” to illegal bodies established by the Russian occupation administration in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya wrote about this on his Facebook page on Monday, September 14.

"These actions of the Kremlin are just another grave violation of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. The holding of sham “elections” in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol is not legitimate, and their results are legally null and void," the diplomat noted.

He recalled that the so-called “elections” represented a grave violation of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, as well as fundamental norms and principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and UNGA Resolutions 68/262, 71/205, 72/190, 73/263, 74/168, 73/194 and 74/17.

At the same time, Kyslytsya emphasized that everyone involved in the preparation for and the holding of the unlawful “voting” in the temporarily occupied Crimea will be held accountable in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine.

"We call on foreign countries and international organizations, including the United Nations, to condemn the illegal actions of the Russian Federation and state unequivocally their non-recognition of the results of the so-called “elections” in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as strengthen the politico-diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation, including by expanding the sanctions," Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN said.

Regional elections were held in Russia on September 13. For the first time in history, they took place for three days under the pretext of countering the spread of coronavirus. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned the illegal organization and holding of the so-called "elections" by the Russian Federation on September 13, 2020, in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

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