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About 230,000 Ukrainians From Occupied Donbas Take Part in State Duma ‘Elections’

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About 230,000 Ukrainians residing in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions took part in the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. People were forcibly issued passports and transferred to the territory of the Russian Federation to vote.

As Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova posted on her Telegram channel, another 150,000 public sector employees and students, with mandatory registration on the State Services portal, voted in 255 “information centres” in the Donetsk region and in 141 “information centres” in the Luhansk region.

The Commissioner also noted that more than a thousand polling stations had operated illegally in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

“The occupying power forced public sector employees to go to the polling stations and report on the ‘choice made.’ In particular, in Feodosia, educators had to take a photo in the voting booth and send it to one of the social media sites, while employees of another Crimean school had to take a photo near a ballot box showing their ‘right choice’,” Denisova informed.

She stressed that holding elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine was a gross violation of universally recognised principles and norms of international law, especially regarding respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of Ukraine’s borders enshrined in the UN Charter and other documents.

The Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights expressed hope that the law enforcement officers would identify and prosecute all participants in illegal actions to organise and hold elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.

As a reminder, the day before, the Parliament of Ukraine passed the resolution recognising the elections in Russia as illegal and the State Duma of the Russian Federation formed as a result of that voting as illegitimate. The Verkhovna Rada called on the international community to properly assess the falsifications during the Russian elections, the illegal voting in the occupied Crimea, and the forced participation of Ukrainian citizens from the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Bohdan Marusyak

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