The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its strong protest against an attempt of Russia to disrupt the presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25.
The ministry said this in a statement on Thursday, Ukrinform reports.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest against another attempt to illegally cross the state border of Ukraine from the territory of the Russian Federation which takes place with the full connivance of the Russian authorities and unlawful inactivity by Russian border guards,” the statement reads.
In particular, the foreign policy agency recalled that on May 21 in Krasnodon district of Luhansk region Ukrainian border guards prevented an attempt of several groups of armed militants, who were escorting weapons and ammunition from the territory of the Russian Federation, to illegally break through the state border of Ukraine. The same day the Russian MI-8 helicopter violated the airspace of Ukraine in Sumy region.
“These and other provocations by Russian side in Ukraine are regarded as attempts to disrupt the presidential elections on 25 May and destabilize the situation in the eastern region of our country,”- the document says.
“We call on the UN, the OSCE and the international community to condemn the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and continue to take decisive actions in order to prevent disruption of the elections in Ukraine and force the Kremlin to adhere to the international law and civilized relations with the outside world,” the ministry emphasized.