Statement of the MFA of Ukraine on the illegal “elections” organised by Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine has expressed its resolute protest over the illegitimate and unlawful actions by Russia in regard to the sham “elections” held in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

This attempt by Russia to justify, organise and then legitimise a fake “voting” process in the occupied Donbas represents a flagrant violation of norms and principles of international law and Ukrainian legislation and constitutes a blatant breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

At the same time, Russia as a party to the armed conflict in Donbas and a signatory of the Minsk agreements again violated commitments voluntarily entered into.

The MFA has reaffirmed that the results of these sham “elections” are null and void, have no legal consequences, and will not be recognised by either Ukraine or the international community. The only elections that can be legally held in Donbas are elections conducted in full compliance with Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards under OSCE/ODIHR monitoring.

The international community considers it to be abhorrent that Russia has chosen to ignore the clear condemnation of the international community and its call to cancel the fake “elections”. Russia bears full responsibility for these illegal actions and for their devastating effect on the peace process.

Ukraine's MFA has caledl on the international community to respond by stepping up political and economic pressure on the Kremlin, and to impose further sanctions on the occupying state and those individuals, who were directly involved in organising these sham “elections”.

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