The Russian Federation’s organization of a vote to amend the Constitution of the Russian Federation in the occupied territories of Ukraine will have political and legal consequences.

This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar.

“The international community has a wide range of tools to respond: from political statements condemning Russia’s actions to non-recognition of the results in the occupied territories and the expansion of sanctions and political pressure,” the official said.

He stressed that Ukraine appealed to international partners to condemn the organization of so-called “voting” in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories (Crimea and some districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions), in particular by increasing sanctions on Russia.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also expressed hope that Ukrainian citizens who are forced to stay in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine will refuse to take part in this illegitimate voting from the point of view of international law.

It will be recalled that from June 25 to July 1, the Russian Federation is voting on amendments to the country’s Constitution. One of the main articles concerns the “zeroing” of Vladimir Putin’s presidential term, which could allow the current Russian president to rule the country until 2036.

Bohdan Marusyak

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