March 18, polling stations for the presidential elections in the RF opened in the Russian-occupied Crimea according to the report on the website of the Kremlin-controlled Crimean Electoral Commission.
The polling stations will be open until 20:00.
The self-proclaimed head of the Crimean government Sergei Aksyonov was one of the first to come to the polls.
Aksyonov voted at polling station number 238 in the Art School named after N.S. Samokish in Simferopol.
"The vote is accepted. I vote for the future of our country, for the future of the Crimea, for a strong Russia," he said.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the inhabitants of the Crimea sooner or later will participate in the presidential elections in Ukraine.
On March 19, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin intends to call on the foreign ministers of the EU countries to impose sanctions against those involved in the organization of elections in the occupied Crimea and not to recognize these presidential elections.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that the Russian occupation authorities in the Crimea in various ways are trying to increase the turnout in the presidential elections, including, from the Crimean Tatars.
According to him, in order to drive the Crimean Tatars to the polling stations, the invaders will engage special services.
The Head of the Russian Federation, Putin, postponed the election of the Russian president on March 18. This day is considered the day of annexation of the Crimea, when the Russian Federation signed the so-called agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.