Ukrainian Police Block Access to Russian Embassies and Consulates During Election

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"It is a blatant violation of global obligations, worldwide law, and violation of our citizens' rights", Maya Grishina said.

Sunday's date March 18 will mark four years since Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty that declared Crimea part of Russia following its annexation from Ukraine, a move that led to the outbreak of a pro-Kremlin insurgency in the industrial east of the ex-Soviet country in April 2014.

The Ukrainian government prevented Russians living in Ukraine from voting in the Russian presidential election on March 18 due to Moscow's decision to allow voting to take place in Crimea.

Russian authorities have organized four polling stations in diplomatic missions located in Ukraine, namely in Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odessa. "Other individuals and citizens of Russian Federation will not be allowed to enter diplomatic establishments on that day", reads the statement.

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"In these circumstances, acknowledging Russia's aggressive hybrid war against Ukraine, illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the occupation of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the holding of illegal elections on this sovereign Ukrainian territory in violation of all global law, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has decided that it would be impossible to hold the election, which violates the laws of Ukraine on Ukrainian territory, on the territory of diplomatic establishments", the ministry said.

The European Union has supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine, once again reminding Russian Federation of the illegality of the annexation of Crimea and violations of worldwide law and human rights in the occupied peninsula. "By its actions, the Russian Federation has violated global law and basic principles of relations between countries", the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement marking the anniversary. Nauert blasted the 2014 referendum in Crimea as to whether the region should join Russian Federation.

Russians are to vote for their next president on Sunday.

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