BRUSSELS (QHA) -

The European Union has not recognized the annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognize the holding of elections on the Crimean peninsula, an official representative of the European External Action Service said on Monday, commenting on the September 10 gubernatorial elections in Sevastopol.

“Anybody elected in the Crimean peninsula claiming to "represent" Crimea and Sevastopol will not be recognised as representatives of those territories, which are Ukrainian. The European Union remains unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” reads the statement.

According to another statement on developments in Crimea, the ban on the activities of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and the persecution of its leaders is regarded as "serious and unacceptable violations of their rights" of their rights.

“Today the so called "Supreme Court" of Simferopol sentenced the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chyigoz, to eight years of imprisonment for "organising mass disturbances" in February 2014. The European Union has consistently followed the case of Mr Chyigoz and insisted upon his release, a call which we reiterate today. The banning of the activities of the Mejlis, their self-governing body and the persecution of its leaders, constitute serious and unacceptable violations of their rights. We expect charges against another Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, Mr Ilmi Umerov, to be immediately dropped, and reiterate our longstanding position that all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in the Crimean peninsula and in the Russian Federation must be released immediately," the EEAS Spokesperson stated.

Earlier, QHA reported that September 11 in the Russian-occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) puppet Supreme Court sentenced the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chyigoz.

Chiygoz was found guilty of organizing mass riots due to participation in a rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine outside the Supreme Council of the ARC building on February 26, 2014 and was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment in a general regime colony.

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