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Over 50 countries condemn Putin's 'elections' in Ukraine's occupied territories

Over 50 countries condemn Putin's 'elections' in Ukraine's occupied territories Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya (flickr com unisgeneva)

More than 50 UN member states have condemned the so-called "elections" of the Russian president, which Russia is conducting in the occupied territories of Ukraine, according to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.

A joint statement was signed by 55 countries, as well as the European Union. Among those who condemned the "elections" are members of the EU, the US, Argentina, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Moldova, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

"We condemn in the strongest terms the Russian Federation’s illegitimate attempts to organize Russian presidential elections in temporarily occupied areas within the internationally recognized territory of Ukraine. Holding elections in another UN member state’s territory without its consent is in manifest disregard for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Such elections have no validity under international law," the statement said.

The countries also called for not recognizing any changes by Russia to the status of Crimea, Sevastopol, as well as Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Pseudo-elections in Russia

In Russia, the so-called presidential "elections" will last for three days - from March 15 to 17, 2024.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will be able to remain in power until at least 2030. Moreover, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has already stated that Putin will be re-elected with a result of 90% of the votes.

Ukraine's Defense Intelligence reported that the Kremlin was collecting votes for dictator Putin even among the "dead souls" - Russian invaders who died in the war against Ukraine.

Sources from RBC-Ukraine in the special services reported that there was a malfunction in the online voting system in the so-called "elections" in Russia. This is the work of cyber specialists from Defense Intelligence.