“Elections” in annexed Crimea recognized as Illegal by Ukraine, USA and EU
September 8, polling stations opened in the annexed Crimea for Russian elections to the “parliament” of Sevastopol, the “parliament” of Crimea and local “authorities.”
The Kyiv-based Crimean Prosecutor’s Office reports that the so-called elections held by the aggressor country on the temporarily occupied peninsula are not recognized as legal in Ukraine, the EU, the United States and several other countries of the world.
“The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea calls not to take part in illegal elections in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Also, to inform the law enforcement authorities of the autonomy of all known facts of the organization and conduct of illegal elections,” reads the message on the telegram channel of the Prosecutor’s Office.
The press service of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine to the request Krym.Realii replied that the EU does not recognize the elections that Russia was to hold on September 8 on the peninsula.
“The European Union does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. Therefore, we do not recognize the holding of local elections by the Russian Federation on the Crimean Peninsula, as well as local or national representatives elected in the territory that is Ukrainian,” the press service said.
The United States of America did not recognize the “elections” in Crimea as legal.
The US condemns Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea and its further aggression against Ukraine. The United States does not recognize the results of the so-called “elections” held by the Russian occupation authorities. The United States reaffirms continued support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, including territorial waters,” reads the response from the US Embassy in Ukraine to the request of Krym.Realii.
The “head” of the Crimean “election commission” Mikhail Malyshev was informed of suspected treason, an encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine and the commission of actions aimed at seizing state power. He was put on the wanted list.
On September 3, the Verkhovna Rada urged not to recognize the results of the “elections” in occupied Crimea. This statement was made in parliament by the co-Chair of the European Solidarity faction, Irina Gerashchenko.