EU condemns Russia’s decision to hold elections on occupied territories of Ukraine

The so-called “elections” that the Central Election Commission of Russia has decided to hold in September 2023 in the occupied territories of Ukraine is “yet another violation of international law”, says the European Union.

According to a press release by the European External Action Service, this decision is “a further futile attempt by Russia to pretend to legitimise its illegal military control and attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol”.

The EU says the “elections” seriously violate the UN Charter and Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

“Russia has no legitimate basis for any such action on the territory of Ukraine. Russia, its political leadership, and all those involved in organisation of these so-called elections will face consequences of their illegal actions,” says the EU.

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