01:00 12.09.2017

Kyiv sees election in Sevastopol as int'l norm breach

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has filed a protest note with the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the conduct of local election in Sevastopol.

"Ukraine resolutely denounces Russia's organization on September 10, 2017, in the city of Sevastopol [Autonomous Republic of Crimea], which it [Russia] has temporarily occupied, of the illegal election of the 'governor', 'the by-election of a deputy of the Sevastopol legislative assembly', and 'the by-election of deputies to individual municipalities' of this city. We deem Kremlin's such actions as Russia's further rude breaches of Ukraine's state sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Monday.

Russia's holding of the election in Sevastopol "is another harsh violation of fundamental norms and principles of international law by Moscow," it also said.

Ukraine urged foreign countries and international organizations "to put it clearly" not to recognize the election results in Sevastopol, not to maintain contacts with local administration members neither at bilateral levels, nor as part of multilateral forums, and "to step up consolidated pressure on Russia, including by expanding sanctions with the purpose to return it into the international legal field, stop illegal occupation of a part of Ukrainian sovereign territory, carry out acts of armed aggression in Donbas, and to withdraw occupation troops from the Ukrainian state."

With respect to Russia's perpetration of an illegal international act, the relevant protest note was filed with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

So-called Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov won the Sunday election in Sevastopol with 71.12% of the vote.

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