VIENNA (QHA) -

Those involved in the preparation and holding of the so-called "local elections" in the annexed Sevastopol on September 10 are subject to criminal penalties under the Ukrainian law.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Igor Prokopchuk made a relevant statement following the results of the 1157th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on September 29. The statement was posted on the official website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

"Ukraine calls upon the OSCE participating States to be strictly guided by UN General Assembly resolutions 68/262 and 71/205, not to recognize these so-called elections in the city of Sevastopol and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing them, such as maintaining contacts with the representatives of the Russian occupation authorities, both bilaterally and within multilateral forums.”

Diplomats once again called on Russia to return to the principles of international law and reverse the occupation of the Crimea.

Earlier, September 10, the Russian authorities held illegal elections in the temporarily occupied city of Sevastopol.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine did not recognize the elections in the annexed Crimea and called them a violation of international law and the laws of Ukraine.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea opened criminal proceedings on the fact of holding the election of the "governor" in the annexed Sevastopol.

QHA